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
Trialling 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.
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.
Railway sleepers made from recycled plastic installed at Richmond Train Station
Trains travelling through Richmond are now running on railway sleepers made from recycled plastic.
It is the first time the metropolitan train network has used the innovative sleepers, which are comprised of 85% recycled plastic waste.