Market development for recovered resources

SV is working with business/industry, government and education institutions to improve resource recovery and stimulate the development of new markets for recovered resources.

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The Victorian market development strategy for recovered resources (the Strategy) seeks to stimulate markets for recovered resources in Victoria by supporting:

  • research into product development and performance
  • product specification development focused on improving quality standards
  • product procurement particularly focused on government as a procurer
  • product stewardship partnerships.

Research and development

Investment in research and development can result in an increase in alternative uses for recovered resources in new or existing products. Support and collaboration between research institutes, government and industry supports market stimulation for the use of recovered resources.

Have a research idea?

Register your interest at grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au and quote ‘recovered resources research & development’.

Learn more about our research and development program


Product specifications

Research and development facilitated by Sustainability Victoria has resulted in and continues to influence specification and standard changes, particularly in road construction.

Recycled materials in pavement

Workers laying a new roadRoad construction across Victoria provides a significant opportunity to increase the use of recovered resources to replace virgin quarried materials.

Research and development supported by SV has led to the inclusion of recycled content in road and footpath construction.


Learn more about using recycled materials in pavement


Product procurement

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Recycled organics market development

Recycled organic products are produced by processing garden and food waste collected from homes and businesses across Victoria. Products include compost, soil conditioners and mulches.

SV works closely with Australian Organics Recycling Association, as the peak body in Victoria for recycled organics processors to increase procurement of compost in industries such as agriculture, viticulture and horticulture.

Learn more about recycled organics


Product stewardship

SV has a long history supporting several national product stewardship approaches and waste and resource recovery programs for various priority materials, including e-waste, paint and tyres.

These programs have all been successful in providing a clear picture of the barriers and opportunities for each waste stream, assisting to identify evidence, and trial systems that efficiently cost and recover priority products, inform policy and regulatory options, and provide evidence for potential stewardship interventions.

A stack of tins of paint in a shed

Paintback

SV’s Paintback pilot in 2007 assisted to evidence the need for a national scheme. In 2013, led by Victoria and the paint industry, paint waste was added to the national priority product list for stewardship arrangements to be developed.

SV was instrumental during the three-year design period, providing Secretariat services to the Working Group, trialling collection systems, investigating community willingness to pay and leading national material and flows analysis to inform economic modelling.

Learn more about Paintback

Tyre processing plant

Tyre stewardship

Better management of end-of-life tyres can reduce waste to landfill, eliminate environmental and health risks, and create viable market development opportunities.

SV is collaborating with industry and state governments to support the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.

Learn more about Tyre stewardship

Photovoltaic (PV) systems stewardship

Sustainability Victoria is thinking circular, with new research to understand national end-of-life management approaches for Photovoltaic (PV) systems before they enter Australia’s waste stream in significant volumes.

With the much-needed influx of solar panel installations, a robust system is needed to manage this rapidly growing e-waste stream in future years.

Research underway will explore options to progress a national product stewardship program for solar panels and PV system accessories, such as inverter equipment and energy storage systems used in domestic, commercial and industrial applications. It follows the 2016 Federal Government listing of PV systems as a priority product to be considered for stewardship action. The Victorian Government (through Sustainability Victoria) has convened a PV Systems Stewardship Working group with representation from all states and territories (including the Commonwealth) to assess the options for a national product stewardship approach.

PV system components have a typical life span of 5–35 years. Material contained within PV systems components can be hazardous, presenting potential risks to the environment and human health if not managed safely at end-of-life.

The Victorian Government has a multi-pronged approach to managing e-waste, including the implementation of an e-waste landfill ban, investment in e-waste reprocessing through infrastructure grants, an e-waste awareness campaign and the PV System Product Stewardship Project.

Byteback

SV's Byteback Program supported the successful implementation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in 2011, which provides Australian householders and small business with access to industry-funded collection and recycling services for televisions and computers.

Between 2005 and 2009, Byteback collected and processed over 3,750 tonnes of computer waste.

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