Projects funded by Research, Development and Demonstration grants

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. 

Round 1 Funded Projects (announced December 2018)

Thirteen projects received $1.9 million between them for R&D and field trials to develop new markets for recovered materials and increase their uptake in Victoria.

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Project lead Project partner(s) Targeted material Project description Funding
ARRB Group Ltd


Australian Asphalt Pavement Association

Rubber Develop a VicRoads specification that allows use of crumb rubber in asphalt for use in local roads. $60,000
RMIT University

Boral Limited

Office of Projects Victoria

City of Whitehorse

Plastics, rubber (tyres) Develop a premix concrete incorporating recycled plastics and rubber. $200,000
RMIT University

Sami Bitumen Technologies

City of Whittlesea

Office of Projects Victoria

Plastics, rubber Develop a performance-based classification system of plastic/rubber-modified bitumen. This would mean that the inclusion of recycled content is determined by performance rather than percentage. $200,000
RMIT University


Frasers Property Australia

Hume City Council

Brimbank City Council

Glass Test the use of a glass fines stabilising technology to manufacture a prototype access cover that meets Australian Standard AS3996:2006 in support of road drainage infrastructure. $77,806
Swinburne University of Technology

GT Recycling Pty Ltd

Robovoid Pty Ltd

Plastics Develop a production process using 100% recycled plastics in concrete void formers which are used to reduce the volume of concrete whilst maintaining strength in concrete slabs. $175,000
Swinburne University of Technology Wyndham City Council Glass and plastics Using previously SV funded R&D results to demonstrate the performance of plastics and glass in concrete footpaths. $72,100
Swinburne University of Technology

Alex Fraser Group

VicRoads (Quarry Materials specialist)

Concrete, brick and glass Undertake R&D to develop a VicRoads specification for municipal roads that permits the use of crushed glass, concrete and brick. $176,000
Yarra City Council RMIT University Glass Trialling a separate glass collection with approx. 1000 residents and using the collected glass in asphalt to demonstrate performance in municipal road construction. $200,000
University of Melbourne Downer EDI Works Concrete, brick, glass, plastics and rubber A demonstration project trialling a permeable pavement, using recycled concrete, brick, glass, plastics and rubber, under real traffic conditions. $160,000
Hermetia Biosystems Pty Ltd - Organics (food waste) Establish a demonstration facility to convert up to 100 tonnes of food waste per day into protein meal and fertiliser products. $200,000
Monash University Integrated Recycling Plastic Undertake field testing and monitoring to understand in-track performance and any benefits of the Duratrack recycled plastic rail sleeper such as noise and vibration reduction. $200,000
University of Melbourne VicRoads
North West Program Alliance
Glass Construct a demonstration site at a Level Crossing Removal Authority project site to trial the glass fines as a sand replacement in concrete in a real-world application. $115,000
Downer EDI Works Hume City Council
Close the Loop
RED Group
Glass, plastics Downer partnered with Hume City Council, Close the Loop and RED Group to construct a demonstration road using recycled soft plastics, glass and toner cartridge in asphalt. $67,226

Previously funded projects (announced in 2016)

In 2016, SV partnered with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) to provide over $600,000 under the priority recovered resources grants program. Seven projects worked on developing new markets for recovered glass fines (GF) and flexible plastics (FP). Projects were completed in 2018.

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Project lead Project partner Targeted material Research project description Funding Case study
Swinburne University of Technology Polytrade Glass fines and flexible plastics Investigate new blends of concrete for footpaths by incorporating FP & GF without compromising engineering standards required for its use. This project aims to reduce the carbon footprint associated with footpath construction. $100,000 Using recovered plastics and glass fines in concrete footpaths.
Swinburne University of Technology

Alex Fraser Group


Glass fines Investigate the application of GF as a
a) supplementary material with recycled crushed rock in cement treated bound pavement (road base) applications and
b) as a rigidity reduction material when used in unbound crushed concrete/crushed rock (triple) blends.
$100,000 Glass fines in cement treated pavement.
University of Melbourne PrefabAus Glass fines Investigate and develop new prefabricated building materials utilising GF to make lightweight concrete building components that do not require high strength and /or load bearing characteristics. And investigate the use of geopolymer concrete as a replacement for Portland cement in the construction of prefabricated panels. $100,000 Using recycled glass in lightweight concrete creates new product market and decreases virgin material use.
Monash University Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd Flexible plastics Develop a process to test and qualify low cost alternative polymers as suitable for use in the manufacture of 'approved' railway sleepers that are produced locally, made with 100 per cent recycled material, meet standards and are competitively priced to compete with international imports. $100,000 Recycled plastics in railway sleepers.
Monash University Potters Industries  Glass fines

Investigate the suitability of using Potters recycled glass fines in three-dimensional (3D) printing. Specifically investigating 3D printing with recycled glass fines, glass fines mixed with polymers and metal powders.

$45,000 Breakthrough research in 3D printing utilises recycled glass.
RMIT Alex Fraser Group & Mark Douglas Designs Glass fines Explore a diverse range of technical solutions to repurpose glass fines, through a combination of design and engineering approaches. These approaches include reviewing the Australian glass waste system and engaging RMIT design students to investigate methods of cleaning glass fines and identify feasible applications for industry to explore commercialisation opportunities. $99,338 Understanding recycled glass fines for product design.
Victoria University Polytrade Regina Glass Replas Glass fines Investigate how incorporating glass fines into recycled plastic products could increase structural strength for use in applications such as decking joists, bearers and posts to strengthen decking made from recycled plastic. $99,847 Using recycled glass in plastic products.