Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund

The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRIF) supports the development of infrastructure that improves the collection, sorting and recycling of processed materials.

The program supports innovative projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery industry and increase the recovery of priority materials. Valued at approximately $22.5 million, the program includes $14.5 million already allocated under three funding rounds to 47 infrastructure projects in metro and regional Victoria since 2017. The projects are expected to create over 285 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and divert at least 770,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.

Funding Round 4

A $8 million boost was added under the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan (RISP), announced by the Victorian Government in July 2018. This will be allocated to recommended projects under funding Round 4, which aims to improve the quality of up to 100,000 tonnes of recycled materials through better sorting and processing. Applications for Round 4 are currently being assessed. 

If you have any queries regarding funding Round 4, please:

  • email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au and quote “Round 4 Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund” in the subject line, or
  • phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants support representative.

Round 1 recipient, Enrich 360, is diverting food waste from landfill. 

Achievements and progress

Key milestone Date Project and achievements to date

Round 4 applications received and currently being assessed

April 2019

$4 million in funding available for for major recycling projects that will expand operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill.

Infrastructure grants from $40,000 to $500,000 will be allocated for projects that will:

  • purchase, install, commission or upgrade infrastructure or equipment to recover and reprocess higher value priority materials to a commercial grade, or
  • upgrade production lines to allow recycled content

Applications are now closed and recommended projects will be announced in 2019.

Round 3 project recipients announced 

 

December 2018

20 projects located across statewide Victoria received $4.8 million and projects are expected to:

  • divert 335,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year
  • create 150 jobs

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Round 2 project recipients announced

June 2018

13 projects in rural and regional Victoria received $4.2 million and projects are expected to divert over 85,000 tonnes per annum of materials from landfill and create 50 jobs.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Round 1 project recipients announced

Mid 2017

14 projects in Metropolitan Melbourne received $5 million and projects will recover:

  • 90,000 tonnes of plastics
  • 2,100 tonnes of food organics
  • 1,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres
  • 100,000 tonnes of timber
  • Overall all 14 projects are expected to divert at least 350,000 tonnes per annum of materials from landfill and create 85 jobs

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.

Funded projects

For details of projects funded under funding Rounds 1 to 3, view our Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund — funded projects page.

Related funding Research, Development and Demonstration Program

Further funding has been allocated to support the market development of recycled materials, under Rounds 1 and 2 of the $4.5 million Research, Development & Demonstration Program.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au