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 $26.1 million, the program has allocated $19.1 million to 60 infrastructure projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria since 2017.

The projects are expected to create more than 400 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and divert at least 900,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.

Success stories from funded projects

Advanced Circular Polymers: Australia's largest recycling plant for plastics

Advanced Circular Polymers state-of-the art plastics recycling plant will process mixed plastics collected from kerbside recycling and is capable of processing 47% of the plastics currently recovered for recycling in Victoria.

Read our news article about Advanced Circular Polymers.

Duratrack: Railway sleepers made from recycled plastic

The sleepers last three times longer than traditional sleepers and contain a mix of polystyrene and agricultural plastic waste – including cotton bale wrap and vineyard covers.

Read our news article about Duratrack plastic sleepers.

Repurpose It: Recovering construction waste for reuse

Repurpose It is turning construction and building waste previously destined for landfill into reusable materials for civil and infrastructure building projects.

The washing facility features advanced processing technology to target typically untreatable mixed and contaminated waste materials. This will divert more than 500,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill and save more than 84,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Read our news article about Repurpose It.

Enrich 360: Turning food waste into valuable compost

Enrich 360 is a Melbourne based business which installs food organic dehydration units to restaurants, hospitals and similar facilities which produce large quantities of food waste.

The food waste is separated, collected, and dehydrated, creating a biomass product which is blended processed to create a compost that returns organic material and nutrients to the earth.

Funded projects

For details of projects funded under funding Rounds 1 to 4, view our Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund — funded projects page.

Achievements and progress of the fund

Key milestone Date Project and achievements to date

Round 4 recipients announced

August 2019

Thirteen projects across Victoria received $4.67 million and are expected to:

  • divert more than 100,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year
  • create approximately 53 jobs.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Round 3 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 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 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.

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