Applications open for recycling research and development grants

30 August 2018

Workers laying a new roadBusinesses, local government and researchers looking to develop opportunities for recycled content can apply for grants between $50,000 and $200,000 for projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said that Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Grants would stimulate markets for the use of recovered resources, increase job creation, develop quality products for end markets, and increase investment in products made from recovered resources.

“Recent shifts in the current international recycling in gives Victoria greater impetus to develop local markets for the products we can recycle.

“It is crucial such markets are developed so the value of recovered resources is realised,” said Mr Krpan.

Sustainability Victoria is seeking projects that investigate one or more targeted materials; that is, materials that have specific supply side or demand side barriers that could be overcome with the support of government. For the purposes of the RD&D Grants, the following targeted materials have been identified:

  • concrete and brick
  • electronic waste (e-waste)
  • glass
  • organic material like food and plant waste
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastics (flexible and rigid)
  • rubber (tyres)
  • textiles.

“This funding provides industry the opportunity to develop and trial new or existing products and specifications that use significant and reliable quantities of targeted materials,” he said.

Investment in the programs developed by successful corporate, industry or institutional applicants project would be matched dollar for dollar by the government.

The grants are designed to support industry to progress commercialisation of new products and processing approaches; increasing end market uptake of, and demand for, targeted materials.

Previous funded research projects investigated alternative uses for glass fines and flexible plastics in construction and manufactured products. These included the development of plastic railway sleepers, plastics in concrete footpaths, glass in lightweight (non-load bearing) concrete and roof tiles made from glass waste.

“Recycling is an increasingly important community issue, and we are committed to maximising the opportunities to support new markets that use significant and reliable volumes of priority materials.” 

This program will inform industry of the opportunities to use recovered materials in manufacturing and support procurement of products using recycled content.

“It’s also an opportunity for universities and industry to work together to develop practical solutions to an important, and costly, community issue, which will benefit us all,” Mr Krpan said.

These grants as part of the Victorian Government’s $4.5m resource recovery market development program to help build Victoria’s recycling industry future. 

More information on how to apply for a grant and previously funded projects can be found at

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