Supporting local government and alpine resort management boards in reducing waste and transitioning towards a circular economy.
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This fund is now called Circular Economy Councils Fund. This fund was previously called Recycling Victoria Councils Fund.
These are the details of the grant recipients and their projects. The grants funded projects that support local government and alpine resort management boards in reducing waste to landfill and transitioning towards a circular economy.
For background, view the Circular Economy Councils Fund guidelines.
Announcement date: 25 October 2022
Establishing pop-up repair events including opportunities for reuse or repurposing.
Embedding sustainable waste practices in local events by working with Energy Breakthrough, a not-for-profit, STEM-based education program.
Implementing a collection service for Food Organics (FO) in buildings higher than 6 storeys.
Implementing waste and recycling models across business precincts in 14 metro and regional councils, achieving circular resource practices for 140 businesses.
Building a composting facility adjacent to the Bairnsdale Regional Landfill capable of processing up to 25,000t of organic waste.
Implementing a best practice reusable nappy program across 13 councils and evaluating the impact.
Introducing public place recycling to promote circular economy practices whilst increasing resource recovery and separation of waste at the local source.
Implementing a resale shop at Nagambie at the Strathbogie Shire Council's Resource Recovery Centre.
Upgrading the Lorne Transfer Station to incorporate 3 additional bin bays, improve resource recovery options and improve traffic flows for locals and visitors.
Implementing a large-scale mattress processing and recycling facility.
Providing a facility for residents to borrow high-quality equipment such as tools, gardening, sporting and camping equipment.
Announcement date: 6 June 2022
Investigating the feasibility of establishing a reuse shop (upcycle or reuse) at any or all of the three existing transfer stations.
Investigating several models of commercial FOGO service delivery by local government.
Trialling the effectiveness of a business engagement and capacity building program aimed at the professional services, hospitality and retail sectors.
Assessing the feasibility of developing a new "full service" resource recovery centre at Sunshine Energy Park through the 'up-cycling' of the precast concrete industrial building.
Identifying and testing viable local alternatives to EPS waffle pods that are made out of recycled content.
Assessing the most suitable location for a resale shop(s), the operating options, costs and associated risks.
Determining what industrial capacity exists to recirculate pre-existing 'downstream' waste(d) material flows of the Loddon-Mallee and Loddon-Campaspe regions' councils.
Assessing the effectiveness and impact of past and current models to incentivise the use of reusable sanitary and incontinence aid products.
Determining the costs of FOGO processing and the benefits of investment in local processing infrastructure.
Developing a business case for an organics processing facility to service the nine inner city councils.
Developing a business case for a co-mingled and separated glass recycling Material Recycling Facility to service the nine inner city councils.
Creating a business case for the Melton Recycling Facility that documents the benefits of the circular economy whilst identifying risks, opportunities and strategic partnerships.
Researching the feasibility of establishing an on-site circularity solution for recycled Expanded Polystyrene.
Evaluating the sites, management scenarios, markets for sourcing and selling material, as well as the cost and benefits of introducing a resale shop.
Undertaking a feasibility study for the implementation of a Library of Things in Hurstbridge.
Developing a business case to future proof the Stonnington transfer station against changes to the waste industry and drive circular economy outcomes.
Examining organic and other material’s systematic movements in a services environment.
Announcement date: 15 July 2021
Researching waste management at events in north-east Victoria to determine the most effective ways to reduce waste related to tourism.
Undertaking research into the feasibility of establishing a repair and re-use centre.
Developing a materials flow analysis to create a roadmap for progress towards a circular economy in Ballarat city and surrounding suburbs.
Undertaking research into the feasibility of establishing a textile recycling facility.
Creating a business case for a regional waste, resource recovery and reuse hub in the Geelong region.
Trialling an on-demand collection service for small e-waste items.
Researching the best model for food recycling in high-rise apartment buildings.
Researching the best practices of reusable nappy programs.
Delivering a cost-benefit analysis on recycled alternatives to raw materials used in council building and infrastructure projects, to create a guide that Victorian councils can use when sourcing recycled materials.
Delivering a cost-benefit and location analysis in establishing a reuse-and-repair centre.
Trialling the most effective composting methods to support the development of a regional composting facility.
Waste infrastructure audit assessing public street bin usage to better equip council to manage surges in waste from tourism.
Delivering a business case for eliminating coffee cup waste at 3 alpine resorts.
Delivering a business case for best options for a resource recovery centre to service Yea township and surrounding areas.
Determining the most effective way to reduce food waste from small food businesses in the townships of Eltham and Diamond Creek.
Researching organic flows and markets to inform a business case for establishing a shared organics processing facility in the region.
Establishing a business case for a regional resale shop.
Undertaking a feasibility study for establishing a mattress recycling facility.
Investigating the options for recycling problem materials such as polystyrene, silage wrap, textiles, mattresses and ski gear.
Establishing a business case for a mobile community shed to share items such as camping gear and gardening equipment.
Delivering a business case for a potential ‘Yarra’s Circular Centre’ where hard rubbish can be reused, repaired and repurposed.
Identifying the most efficient ways to reduce waste from apartment buildings going to landfill via a pilot involving 60 multi-unit dwellings across 10 metropolitan municipalities.
Purchasing and installing stage 1 composting infrastructure.
Establishing a new resource recovery centre to process timber, green waste, cardboard, concrete, soils and other recyclables.
Purchasing a mobile glass-crushing unit, which will be shared between 5 municipalities in the Wimmera Mallee region, to add recycled content to road projects.
This grant program is closed, but you can email us if you have any queries.