Funding was awarded for infrastructure projects (new infrastructure or upgrades) to increase the capacity and capability of Victoria's resource recovery sector.
Funding for infrastructure projects (new infrastructure or upgrades) that:
$5.1 million was awarded to 6 infrastructure projects under Round 1 of the Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund.
$24.5 million has been awarded to 11 projects under Round 2 of the Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund, including 2 projects awarded funding under the Recycling Modernisation Fund – regional and remote funding round.
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are also jointly providing $42 million to 5 projects.
The projects funded will create almost 290 ongoing full-time jobs and process up to 352,000 tonnes of glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, and tyre waste each year.
These projects were co-funded by the Victorian Government and the Australian Government.
For background, view the Materials recycling infrastructure funding guidelines.
Announcement date: 18 January 2021
Project: Post-consumer plastics reprocessing plant: An end-to-end solution
Circular Plastics Australia (PE) VIC Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Cleanaway and Pact Group will build a facility capable of processing 20,000 tonnes of plastic per annum.
Project: Mildura Glass Sorting and Processing Facility
The funding will be used to construct a regional sorting and glass processing facility with the capacity to process 5,300 tonnes of kerbside materials per annum.
Project: Plant Capacity Optimisation – Waste Glass Recovery
Processing capacity at Repurpose It’s existing Epping plant will be increased with the funding used to install an additional centrifuge and material storage bunker.
Project: CLEVA POD Recycled Plastic Void Former System for Concrete Foundations
The funding will be used to install a patented new CLEVA POD void forming system, which creates concrete slab foundations made from 100% recycled plastic – which will be marketed to the construction industry.
Project: Resource Recovery for Plastics Pipes
Vinidex will use the funding to install infrastructure which will process recovered polymers to create new pipe products.
Project: Wheelie Waste Warrnambool Recycling Facility
A new facility will be constructed with the funding, which will sort and process glass as well as bale paper and plastic for transport.
Announcement date: 18 January 2022
Project: Project Succeed
The funding will be used for new processing equipment to process difficult-to-recycle plastics (such as coat hangers and car bumper bars) for remanufacturing.
Project: Fulton Hogan Lara Glass Processing Hub
Fulton Hogan will create a new regional glass processing hub at their Lara Asphalt Plant, which will recycle glass for use in local roads.
Project: Upgrade and expansion of plastic product manufacturing
The funding will be used to expand Garden City Planters’ Dandenong facility, with the installation of new equipment which will increase the use of recycled plastic in their production of plant pots.
Project: Wangaratta and Bendigo materials recovery facility (MRF) upgrades
J.J. Richards’ MRFs in Bendigo and Wangaratta will be upgraded, including by installing glass decontamination equipment to enable the use of recycled glass in constructing local roads.
Project: Waste plastic to corrugated pipe project
New manufacturing equipment will be purchased to produce corrugated pipe from recycled plastic.
Project: Production line for recycling plastic sleepers
A modular production line will be installed at Integrated Recycling’s Mildura facility. This will enable waste plastic to be recycled into Duratrack plastic railway sleepers.
Project: Expansion of plastics reprocessing facility
The project will increase Polymer Processors’ capacity to reprocess hard and soft post-consumer plastics into pellets for manufacturing.
Project: Advanced Polymer Feedstock
The funding will be used to increase capacity to process post-consumer soft plastics into a stone aggregate replacement called Polyrok. Polyrok is used for freeway sound walls, carparks, pathways and kerbs.
Project: Tyre recycling capacity upgrade (Stage 2)
Tyrecycle’s Somerton facility will be expanded by installing equipment to increase shredding capacity by up to 23,000 tonnes per annum.
Project: ASQ Glass Washing Facility
ASQ Group will install a new glass washing facility at their existing recycling and glass crushing plant in California Gully, to remove sugars, yeast and organic contaminants from the glass and produce a higher quality glass sand product.
Project: Tambo Waste MRF Upgrade & Glass Recycling Operation
Tambo Waste's Materials Recovery Facility in Bairnsdale will be upgraded and expanded with the establishment of a glass recycling facility, improving recovery, processing and the end uses for recyclables in the region.
Announcement date: 27 April 2021
Project: Project Zepplin
The funding will be used to install advanced Drum Pulping technology to recycle 95,000 tonnes of mixed kerbside paper each year.
Announcement date: 20 August 2021
Project: Flexible Plastic Capacity and Technology Upgrade Project
The funding will be used to expand their plastics recycling facility in Geelong to reprocess an additional 8,000 tonnes of plastic, including soft plastics, per annum.
Project: Victorian PET Recycling Plant
Circular Plastics Australia (PET) VIC Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Asahi Beverages, Pact Group and Cleanaway will establish a PET recycling plant in Melbourne to recycle up to 26,000 tonnes of collected used plastic bottles into PET pellets each year, for use within Coca-Cola, Asahi Beverages and Pact Group’s own packaging.
Project: Martogg Hot Wash Flake plant
Martogg will establish a new plant that will take 24,700 tonnes of mixed plastic each year and create food grade plastics that will be turned into new plastic packaging.
Announcement date: 29 September 2022
Project: Victoria Soft Plastics Engineered Commodity (SPEC) Project
IQ Renew will establish a Soft Plastic Engineered Commodity (SPEC) facility in Altona to process up to 30,000 tonnes of soft plastic that will go on to be recycled into infinitely recyclable food grade soft plastic and a high-quality washed LDPE flake.
The Recycling Modernisation Fund is an Australian Government initiative that is investing over $190 million to expand Australia’s capacity to sort, process and remanufacture recycled materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard, tyres and glass. The fund will assist Australia to respond to the waste export ban.
An additional round of Regional and Remote funding under the Recycling Modernisation Fund was also made available to address waste infrastructure gaps in regional and remote areas of Australia. This funding will increase the sorting, processing, and manufacturing or remanufacturing capacity of regional and remote locations.
The Recycling Modernisation Fund is being distributed by state and territory governments. Funding allocated to Victoria from the Recycling Modernisation Fund will be delivered via the Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund.
For more information, visit the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water website.
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