$4.2 million recycling and resource recovery funding announced


18 June 2018

The Victorian Government today announced funding for 13 new resource recovery infrastructure projects which will share more than $4.2 million from the second round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund, managed by Sustainability Victoria.

The new projects, worth more than $47 million and all in rural and regional Victoria, are expected to create 50 jobs and divert around 85,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

Eight of the 13 projects are being delivered by local government which will share $2.4 million. Projects include new or upgraded council resource recovery centres in the Rural Cities of Benalla and Wangaratta, and the Campaspe, Mitchell, Moira, Towong and Yarriambiack Shires.

Campaspe Shire is being funded $295,000 for two projects; to expand its combined collection of food organics and garden organics for composting, and to invest collecting and compressing soft plastics and expanded polystyrene, to increase the capacity to recycle these products.

Private sector projects funded include large-scale composting operations near Camperdown, Shepparton and the Latrobe Valley, and a waste to energy plant using commercial and industrial waste and other products near Bacchus Marsh.

A Mildura based recycling company that makes a range of products from recycled plastics is also receiving support to increase its production capacity.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said the $13.6 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund aims to support the development of infrastructure which improves the collection and processing of recycled materials.

“The Victorian government is investing at record levels in programs to develop markets for recovered resources, facilitate private investment in resource recovery infrastructure, and educate households and businesses about how to better manage waste.”

“With recent changes to international recycling markets, infrastructure investments are crucial to ensuring we continue to develop our local industry, and in doing so, facilitate innovation and create jobs,” Mr Krpan said.

Fourteen round one projects were announced in July 2017. They received $5 million and will divert at least 350,000 tonnes of waste materials from landfill and create an estimated 85 jobs.

New Funding Applications open

Applications for the third round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Funding have also opened. Up to $3 million is available for infrastructure projects across Victoria. Grants of between $40,000 and $500,000 are available.

Information about how to apply for round three funding can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/RRIF_Infrastructure_Grants.

Media enquiries: Hannah Grant - Hannah.grant@sustainability.vic.gov.au, 0437343121

Grant recipient Project description Government Funding Total project cost
Benalla Rural City Council A best-practice resource recovery transfer station will be built at a council’s landfill site, significantly improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Benalla landfill and lift the amount of material not going to landfill from 35 per cent to 55 per cent. $440,000 $900,000
Campaspe Shire

Campaspe Shire is being funded for two projects including a new opt-in kerbside food and garden organics collection service for 2,000 households and a food organics collection for nearly 6,000 residents who now have a garden waste collection service.

Two compactors to compress soft plastics and expanded polystyrene will be installed at the Mt Scobie and Echuca resource recovery centres increasing the recovery of these materials which are expensive to transport if not compacted.

Collection bins for flexible plastics will be installed at eight resource recovery centres and later at council offices, schools, neighbourhood houses, disability services and businesses to maximise convenience for residents.

$295,155 $555,288
Mitchell Shire A new resource recovery centre will be built on council-owned land, next to its Hilldene landfill and prioritise waste minimisation, resource reuse and recovery over disposal. $500,000 $2,585,000
Moira Shire Cobram’s resource recovery facility will be upgraded to enable industrial waste sorting which accounts for 45 per cent (6000 tonnes) of the waste that is currently disposed at the landfill. The project aims to divert half of this material (eg soft plastics, cardboard, soil, concrete, metals and timber) from landfill. $495,000 $993,000
Towong Shire Towong Shire is upgrading Corryong’s resource recovery centre and Tallangatta’s transfer station, diverting up to 30 per cent of priority materials like rigid and soft plastics, e-waste, glass, timber and cardboard from landfill. Towong Shire will also establish two resale shops, public access to recycling skips at Corryong and improve storage capacity at each site. $40,000 $480,000
Wangaratta Rural City Council A new organics processing facility will be built at the Bowser East landfill which will be capable of processing up to 12,000 tonnes of material each year. $500,000 $3.58m
Yarriambiack Shire Warracknabeal’s transfer station will be upgraded and the neighbouring landfill closed to allow for more recyclables to be collected, including agricultural soft plastics like grain bags and tarpaulins. $140,000 $290,000
Camperdown Compost A facility upgrade includes development of improved compostables receival and storage areas, upgraded screening and pre-sorting processes including plastic extraction equipment, new aeration and watering systems to maximise the effectiveness of the composting process. $500,000 $2.67m
iGas Operations Pty Ltd A new waste-to-energy facility will be established at the Maddingley Brown Coal site near Bacchus Marsh. The plant will process 100,000 tonnes of waste a year including material from plantation timber processing, construction and industrial waste, plastics and product left over from paper-making. $500,000 $29.86m
Integrated Recycling This Mildura company makes timber-replacement products from recycled plastics. It is upgrading its raw material storage area and upgrading one of its production lines to double production capacity. Its products are sold throughout Australia. $130,000 $420,000
Pinegro Products A state-of-the-art enclosed tunnel composting facility will be built near Morwell on the company’s existing 8.9-hectare site. Compost will be made in climate-controlled tunnels which manage leachate waters and reduce odour. The project includes construction of buildings, four composting tunnels, air and water treatment systems and a computer-controlled processing and management system. The company currently has an open windrow composting system. $500,000 $5m
Western Composting Technology 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 The company plans to boost production of compost made from food and green organic material at its Shepparton site. This will include diverting an extra 4,500 tonnes a year from landfill by using commercial food waste from commercial collections in the Barwon and South West Victoria regions, the Goulburn Valley, Loddon-Mallee and north-east Victoria. $215,302 $717,675

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