Research, Development and Demonstration grants – Case studies

The following projects have been funded by Sustainability Victoria's Research, Development and Demonstration grants program, which supports research, development and demonstration projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria.

Case study highlights

Yarra City Council trials glass and food waste recycling

The kerbside waste separation trial for glass and food waste is running in Abbotsford.

Yarra City Council has identified specific items that are valuable to the Australian recycling industry, including glass and food waste, ensuring that they’ll find a new life as a new product and not end up in landfill or overseas.

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Recycled plastic railway sleepers

Integrated Recycling, a recycled plastics manufacturer based in Mildura, has created the Duratrack rail sleeper, which is made from 100% recycled plastic.

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Trialing recycled plastic and glass in concrete footpaths at Hoppers Crossing

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.

With thousands of tonnes of flexible plastics and glass fines ending up in landfill each year, Swinburne University and Polytrade Recycling conducted a research project in 2016 to repurpose this waste in concrete footpaths.

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Four colour and size variations of a rounded decorative container with a solid recycled glass fine bottom and curved clear glass lid

Using recycled glass fines in construction and product design

RMIT University examined ways to overcome the barriers of recycling glass fines.

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