Research, Development and Demonstration grants help fund research to develop new products made from recycled materials such as glass, plastic, organics, electronic waste, concrete, brick and rubber.
These grants are for businesses or local governments, who can partner with research institutes (mostly universities) to develop and create products that will use large volumes of recycled materials.
The grants aim to:
- support research into product development and performance of recycled materials
- support development of new or existing products that use high value recycled materials
- improve product standards and specifications to include recycled material
- improve market confidence and demand to use recycled materials and products.
How to apply
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Duratrack: railway sleepers made from recycled plastic
Duratrack sleepers are railway sleepers made from recycled plastic. They are a game changing product that resulted from a Research, Development and Demonstration funded research project between Integrated Recycling and Monash Institute of Railway Technology.
Every kilometre of installed Duratrack sleepers uses 64 tonnes of plastic waste, which is diverted from landfill. The sleepers have been installed on V/Line, Metro Trains Melbourne and Queensland Rail tracks.
Hoppers Crossing footpath made from recycled plastic and glass
In a Victorian first, 200 metres of concrete footpath – made with the equivalent of 199,000 recycled glass and plastic bottles – has been laid at Geddes Park in Hoppers Crossing.
Swinburne University and Polytrade Recycling received a Research, Development and Demonstration grant to support a research project into repurposing flexible plastics and glass fines for use in concrete footpaths.
Yarra City Council trials glass and food waste recycling
A kerbside waste separation trial for glass and food waste is running in Abbotsford after Yarra City Council and RMIT University received a Research, Development and Demonstration grant.
Specific items that are valuable to the Australian recycling industry – such as glass and food waste – were identified for the trial, ensuring they’ll find a new life as a new product and not end up in landfill or overseas.
SV is looking for projects that contribute to Victoria’s transition to a circular economy. This industry-led project was delivered in 2018 and shows how recycled glass bottles can be used in road base – in this instance in Melbourne’s heavily used and critical airport link, the Tullamarine Freeway.