15 February 2018
Sustainability Victoria is currently considering 45 submissions for Round 2 funding from the State Government’s $13.6 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund.
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund supports the development of infrastructure to improve the collection and processing of recycled materials. Funded projects must increase jobs in the resource recovery industry while also increasing the recovery of materials in Victoria.
Round 1 provided funding for $5.1 million across 14 projects. These projects will collectively recover 17,000 tonnes of plastics; 3,500 tonnes of food organics; 100,000 tonnes of timber; and reduce landfilling by over 200,000 tonnes each year. Ninety jobs are also being created.
One of the recipients, Recycling Solutions (Vic) Pty Ltd is advancing its recycling of flexible plastic by establishing an advanced recycling facility that will be able to separate and recycle individual polymer types. Recycling Solutions expects this new advanced recycling process to increase the diversion of flexible plastic from landfill by over 10,000 tonnes per annum.
Another successful recipient, Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd (Replas), is establishing reprocessing equipment at their Ballarat Recycling Plant to substantially expand and diversify the types and volumes of plastic waste it processes. With the goal of augmenting its manufacturing feedstock, the new system is designed to de-gas, densify and homogenise post-consumer plastic waste.
This Replas Recycling Plant expansion will result in an increase in processing capacity with the ability to divert an additional 570 tonnes from landfill each year (on top of the current volume of over 3000 tonnes of rigid and flexible plastic being processed).
Recovering and reusing resources is at the centre of waste activity in Victoria. As well as boosting the economy, higher rates of recovery are good for communities and the environment.
Round 3 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is expected to be released mid-2018.