Projects funded to support initiatives to engage the local community in circular economy solutions.
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This fund is now called Circular Economy Communities Fund. Round 1 of this fund was called Recycling Victoria Communities Fund.
These are the details of the grant recipients and their projects. The grants supported local community initiatives that engage the community in local circular economy solutions.
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Announcement date: 15 July 2021.
Establishing a community commercial-scale worm farm using organic waste collected from local businesses and other facilities (2 short term jobs).
Repairing and upcycling donated uniforms and clothing, which will be donated to second-hand clothing distributors (0.5 short term job).
Supporting the City of Hume community in transitioning to more circular ways of living by making changes at a local government, industry, and community level (1 short term job).
Establishing a sustainability hub to support community education through activities such as composting and worm towers.
Establishing a website comprising: a directory of local repair businesses, repair amateurs and hobbyists a marketplace to buy, sell, rent, lend, borrow and give away spare parts, tools and repaired items a community channel to make repair and reuse easier for residents, businesses and organisations.
Engaging around 300 participants in an 8- to 12-week mobile app-based competition during Geelong Design Week (March 2022).
Repurposing, refurbishing and distributing donated children's goods (such as nursery items, prams, car seats, clothing, toys and books) to families in need in the Port Fairy area.
Purchasing industrial woodworking tools for the community repair café.
Establishing an op-shop and a ‘slow fashion hub’ (2 short term jobs).
Establishing a community manufacturing hub to make high-visibility industrial uniforms from recycled PET plastic and deliver them in bio-degradable compostable bags.
Expanding their current community composting program to include a range of reuse, recycling and repairing initiatives (0.6 short term job).
Dehydrating and composting organic waste from local hospitality businesses, a florist, and a fruit and vegetable shop (0.1 short term job).
Repairing and recycling clothing and household items to sell through The Big Shed (1 short term job).
Establishing a repair cafe at Mernda Community House – this will be the first repair cafe in the City of Whittlesea (0.4 direct short term jobs).
Reducing the amount of packaging being used in the hospitality and food service sector by creating reusable containers (such as tubs, crates and insulated bags) for food transportation.
Establishing a ReCycle Repair hub where youth can receive training on how to recycle old bicycles (4 short term jobs).
Collecting and upcycling pre-loved items for children (from newborns to teens). Distributing the items to families experiencing hardship, in Western Melbourne and surrounding areas.
Building a network of community composting hubs.
Expanding their food rescue service by adding a new van to collect and distribute food in greater Melbourne.
Expanding their current coffee grounds collection service to serve another 19 local government areas and 100 businesses.
Equipping Vinnie’s 111 stores in Victoria with the resources to: resell donated electrical items; upskill staff and volunteers in testing and tagging electrical donations.
Expanding their current ‘Strain the drains’ project by installing 158 additional litter traps across 7 local government areas. This includes sharing findings on the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, analysing and mapping pollutant locations, and holding events to change littering behaviour in the community.
Establishing 10 neighbourhood compost hubs in the backyards of participating households (2.2 short term jobs).
Announcement date: 19 September 2022.
Establishing a community ‘Share and Repair Shed’ including a repair café, tool library, and recycling collection point.
Increasing access to rescued food to be distributed to schools, individuals, and families across the Albury Wodonga region. This region has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and a series of natural disasters in the past few years.
Expanding the current ‘Towards Circular High Visibility Apparel’ project by recycling hi-vis vests at end of life and creating recycled fibre medical scrubs using recycled bottles and textile waste.
Delivering a hands-on course for householders to enable them to confidently address waste and recycling issues.
Diverting organic waste and transforming it into nutrient-rich soil to be used to regenerate their community services spaces.
Reducing waste generation and diverting from landfill by salvaging sporting goods and redistributing to those in need across Banyule and Whittlesea. In addition to prolonging the life of these items, this project aims to increase participation in community sport.
Creating a community-based education resource that will demonstrate how to grow one’s own food and incorporate closed loop agricultural practices through composting and worm farming.
Providing a recycling collection point for batteries, e-waste, soft plastics, lightbulbs, and plastic tags and delivering a recycling education program targeting migrants and refugees.
Delivering workshops to re-purpose unusable clothing donations and divert textile waste from landfill. This project will provide support to vulnerable women, upskilling them and providing financial security and repurposed textile items will be donated to the homeless.
Reducing organic matter going to landfill by re-purposing through food rescue and other community initiatives such as the ‘Darebin Fruit Squad’ – volunteers harvesting excess fruit from backyard trees in 100 households for use in emergency relief packages.
Developing the ‘Bacchus Marsh Circular Economy Community Hub’ through a repair café, borrowing service, and shared learnings workshop space.
Expanding their tech recycling service to repurpose items and provide employment and education to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Delivering a series of pop-up circular economy hubs for multi-unit dwellers within the City of Melbourne featuring reuse markets and swap and repair workshops.Funding: $29,000
Partnering with Precious Plastics to repurpose plastic bottle lids and providing education and job readiness programs for those with different abilities and the long-term unemployed.
Transitioning Kensington to a circular economy through repair cafés, community compost hubs and an educational campaign.
Establishing a volunteer-led repair café in Brimbank to support the community to gain skills in repair, re-use, and re-purposing.
Creating an interactive arts, permaculture, recycling, and waste reduction precinct drawing on the skills of migrant residents.
Implementing a sustainable and accessible circular compost system, converting organic waste into useable compost.
Encouraging sustainable household practices through the Free Store – redirecting useable items from landfill to those in need, and the repair café – extending the life of items.
Capturing and recycling cigarette butt waste and transforming it into useable items such as packaging through the process of mycology.
Diverting organic material from landfill, converting it into fertiliser to be used on site, and educating the community on food recycling and the circular economy.
Providing food sharing initiatives through the establishment of surplus food collections, community lunches, composting, and community education.
Partnering with Feed One Feed All to increase surplus food collection and repurposing it through food charities and school breakfast programs.
Diverting shells from landfill to use in biodiversity restoration activities in local waters.
Implementing a Heavy Materials Repair Facility to repurpose camping, boating and fishing items that would otherwise end up in landfill
Setting up a mobile education trailer to educate on plastic waste re-manufacturing.
Providing fixing and mending services and educating and upskilling community members.
Expanding on the activities at the Oakhill Food Justice Farm to become a centre of sustainability, resource recovery and composting.
Educating and upskilling community members in bicycle maintenance, upcycling, and re-purposing with a particular focus on female-identifying residents.
Implementing food waste recycling at Gilwell Park campsite to divert food waste from landfill and educate the community.
Collecting and recycling grain bags to divert agricultural plastic waste from landfill across the Mallee Region.
Partnering with Mercedes-Benz, Good Cycles and 99 Bikes to recycle used bicycles in Melbourne.
Diverting organic material from landfill and facilitating access to food relief through food rescue and donation.
Expanding their existing project to provide ‘Remote Reground’, a coffee collection service reaching more businesses and redistributing coffee waste to be repurposed across Victoria.
Establishing a soap repurposing centre in Melbourne to divert soap from landfill and redistribute to community groups and vulnerable Victorians.
Providing farmers with reusable packaging and creating more sustainable and efficient shipping of fresh produce around Victoria.
Expanding on their existing programs to collect and repurpose recreational fishing and packaging items through an innovative repair, reuse and recycle framework.
Expanding their electronic Test and Tag services to increase the accessibility to reuse of electronic goods across Victoria.
Expanding the collection and redistribution of unwanted goods and rehoming them with new residents in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
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