The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund supports the development of infrastructure to build capability and capacity to recover high quality materials from collection, sorting, recycling and processing of valuable materials.
The program supports projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery sector and the recovery of priority materials.
Valued at approximately $26 million, the funding program has allocated over $22 million to 70 infrastructure projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria since 2017.
The projects are expected to create more than 450 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and divert at least 600,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.
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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.
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.
New facility recovers construction waste for reuse
Repurpose It, a new state-of-the-art recycling plant in Epping is turning construction and building waste previously destined for landfill into reusable materials for civil and infrastructure building projects.
Enrich 360: Turning food waste into valuable compost
Enrich 360 is a Melbourne based business which installs 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 valuable soil-enriching product. This is then blended and processed to create a rich compost that will add organic material and nutrients to the soil on farms.
Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund Summary
|Funding round||Date||Projects and funding received|
|Resource recovery infrastructure projects||November 2019||$1.2 million for 5 projects across Victoria|
|Round 4 recipients announced||August 2019||$4.7 million for 13 projects across Victoria|
|Round 3 recipients announced||December 2018||$5 million for 21 projects across Victoria|
|Round 2 recipients announced||June 2018||$4.2 million for 13 projects in regional Victoria|
|Round 1 recipients announced||June 2017||$5.5 million for 14 projects in metropolitan Melbourne|
|Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants||April 2018||$2.1 million for 5 projects across Victoria|
Research, Development and Demonstration Program
Further funding has been allocated to support the market development of recycled materials, from the $4.5 million Research, Development and Demonstration Program.