The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund valued at approximately $20.2 million aims to support the development of infrastructure that improves the collection and processing of recycled materials. The program seeks innovative projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery industry while also increasing the recovery of priority materials.
The Fund began in 2017 and to date three funding rounds have awarded approximately 47 infrastructure projects in metro and regional Victoria with over $14.5 million. The fund is expected to create over 285 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and divert at least 770,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.
More information about the Fund’s achievements and progress to date is below.
Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund achievements and progress
|Key milestone||Project and achievements to date|
|Round 1: project recipients announced mid 2017.||14 projects in Metropolitan Melbourne received $5 million and projects will recover:
Projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.
|Round 2: project recipients announced June 2018.||
13 projects in rural and regional Victoria received $4.2 million and projects are expected to divert over 85,000 tonnes per annum of materials from landfill and create 50 jobs.
Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.
Round 3: Up to $3 million available for infrastructure grants.
Applications closed 31 July 2018
Round 2 Funded Projects (announced June 2018)
Thirteen projects based in rural and regional Victoria will receive $4.2 million between them for infrastructure for the collection, sorting and processing of materials.
Distribution of Round 2 Funded Projects
|Applicant||Project name||Project description||Funding|
|Camperdown Compost Company||Camperdown Compost Company Facility Upgrade Plan||Infrastructure to increase the composting capabilities at the site.||$500,000|
|Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd||Project Mildura Plant Upgrade||Infrastructure to double the production capacity to recycle plastics for extrusion into timber replacement products.||$130,000|
|Western Composting Technology Pty Ltd||Shepparton Organics Resource Recovery Facility (SORRF) Plant Capacity Increase||Increase the capacity of the composting plant and construct two tunnels for processing commercial and Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) waste.||$215,302|
|iGas Operations Pty Ltd||Maddingley Waste to Energy||The project will develop a scalable Waste to Energy facility at the Maddingley Brown Coal site and install a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for sorting.||$500,000|
|Benalla Rural City Council||Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade Project (RRCUP) - Stage 1||Development of a Resource Recovery Transfer Station||$440,000|
|Pinegro Products Pty Ltd||Pinegro Products Enclosed In-Vessel Compost System – Monash Way, Morwell||Development of a best practice enclosed tunnel compost facility for the Gippsland Region||$500,000|
|Wangaratta Rural City Council (RCOW)||Regional Organics Processing Plant||The construction of a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) processing facility.||$500,000|
|Moira Shire Council||Cobram Commercial Waste Sorting Facility (CWSF)||The project will enable industrial waste sorting at the Cobram Resource Recovery Facility. This includes materials such as soft plastics, cardboard, dirt, concrete, metals and timber.||$495,000|
|Mitchell Shire Council||Planning for the Future - Advancing Resource Recovery in the Rapidly Growing Mitchell Shire||Development a new Resource Recovery Centre (RRC)||$500,000|
|Campaspe Shire Council||Introduce a Household Food Organics Collection and Expand the Current Garden Collection to Include Food.||The rollout of a kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) collection service to 8000 residents in the municipality (i.e. all with new food and 2000 with food and garden).||$200,000|
|Campaspe Shire Council||Recovering Flexible Plastics and Polystyrene Otherwise Destined for Landfill||Upgrade of infrastructure on-site to recover flexible plastics and polystyrene.||$75,144|
|Yarriambiack Shire Council||Warracknabeal Transfer Station Upgrade and Landfill Closure||Upgrade of the Warracknabeal Transfer Station which will allow for increased recyclables collection including agricultural soft plastics such as grain bags and tarpaulins.||$140,000|
|Towong Shire Council||Waste not Want not – Increased Resource Recovery in Towong Shire||Upgrades to the Corryong Resource Recovery Centre and the Tallangatta transfer Station and establishment of two resale shops.||$40,000|
Round 1 Funded Projects (announced mid 2017)
Thirteen projects based in metropolitan Melbourne received $5 million between them for infrastructure for the collection, sorting and processing of materials.
Distribution of Round 1 Funded Projects
|Applicant||Project name||Project description||Funding|
|Reground Pty Ltd||Coffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling Expansion||Infrastructure to allow the expansion of the collection of spent coffee grounds from retail and manufacturing venues. Also instituting a concurrent flexible plastics recycling collection.||$40,000|
|Van Schaik's Bio Gro Pty Ltd – Timber Waste Recovery||Timber Waste Resource Recovery Project||Establishment a waste timber drop off recovery facility. The facility will receive up to 200,000 tonnes per annum of waste timber.||$427,000|
|Knox Transfer Station Pty Ltd as the trustee for Knox Transfer Station Trust||Knox Transfer Station (KTS) Process Engineered Fuel (PEF)||KTS Recycling will establish a Process Engineered Fuel manufacturing facility at the Knox Transfer Station.||$459,000|
|Polytrade Pty Ltd||Polytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing Project||This project will install machinery to colour sort and clean the 3–8mm fraction into 22,000 tonnes per annum of saleable products.||$500,000|
|Recycling Solutions (Vic) Pty Ltd||Advanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer type||Recycling Solutions aim to increase the diversion of flexible plastic from landfill by over 10,000tpa through the development of an advanced recycling facility.||$500,000|
|Polymeric Powders Company Pty Ltd||Production of tyre crumb derived composite material||Creating tyre crumb derived Polymeric Powder from end-of-life tyres for use in the large volume irrigation pipes and sewerage pipes markets.||$121,000|
|Melton City Council||Melton Recycling Facility Upgrade||Upgrade of the Melton Recycling Facility to Better Practice Resource Recovery standards.||$391,500|
|City of Yarra||Closing the Loop on Yarra's Food Waste||Yarra City Council will provide a kerbside food waste collection service to 5,000 residents to recover and process 910 tonnes of priority materials at a local in-vessel composting facility.||$400,000|
|Future Metals Recyclers Melbourne Pty Ltd||Upgrade Cardinia Transfer Station||Upgrade of the Cardinia Transfer Station to increase tonnage of materials recovered at the site.||$500,000|
|Repurpose It Pty Ltd
||Washing Plant 460 Cooper Street||Establish a state of the art washing facility which will utilise best practise technologies in the processing of typically untreatable waste streams currently being sent to landfill.||$500,000|
|Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd (Replas)||Recycling plant expansion||Purchase and install new proven re-processing equipment to allow the recycling more post-consumer waste.||$379,100|
|Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty Ltd||Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty. Ltd.||Development of a new resource recovery centre at Westall Road, Springvale which will focus on green and wood waste, recoverable hard waste, construction and demolition waste and recyclables.||$237,500|
|Red Horizon Pty Ltd||Enrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery Program||Installation of 18 food organic dehydration units to restaurants, hospitals and similar facilities to allow waste to be collected and then turned into compost.||$500,000|
||Battery Recycling Solutions
||CMA EcoCycle will construct a new custom-built plant which will involve pre-sorting, automatic-sorting and manual sorting to recycle major battery types. The project aims to divert approximately 4,000 tonnes of batteries from landfill, from which valuable metals will be extracted via a fully traceable “closed loop” recycling methodology.
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