Circular Economy Reuse Pilots Fund – Funded projects

Last updated: 6 October 2022
Number of recipients to date: 5
Total funding awarded to date: $272,274
All projects to be completed by: May 2023

The Circular Economy Reuse Pilots Fund supports food serving businesses to pilot reuse systems that replace the single-use plastics (SUPs) to be banned from 1 February 2023.

This fund is designed to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Collect data that will inform other businesses on the feasibility of reuse systems in different hospitality settings.
  • Support Victorian food serving businesses to implement waste avoidance and reuse solutions.
  • Increase awareness of problematic single-use plastic items and alternatives available.
  • Reduce waste generation and litter.

For more information on Round 2 of this fund, refer to the grant guidelines.

Fund recipients

Bendigo Health

Implementing a pilot project for the use of reusable cups. Polystyrene cups will be replaced by reusable Melamine cups for the visitors and staff. Stainless steel cups for medicine will also be trialed.

Funding: $20,614

Deakin University

Introducing a reuse system at the Waurn Ponds Campus. Through this pilot, Deakin University will install a commercial dishwasher; purchase reusable crockery, cutlery and cups; provide collection stations; install signage and other communication items; and provide training to staff.

Funding: $85,000

Investa Asset management Pty Ltd

Applying the Returnr Micropool reuse system for 23 hospitality businesses at 567 Collins Street allowing 4,600 users per month to switch from disposables to reusable items. This project will also test the impact of initiatives on an individual’s willingness to use returnable containers.

Allocated Funding: $16,360

La Trobe University

Enacting a “Wash Against Waste” Pilot program by providing reusable crockery to food businesses at its Bundoora campus. A dish-washing hub with a commercial dishwasher centrally located to the Agora food court will be installed. La Trobe University will purchase crockery, cutlery and cups, provide collection stations, install signage and other communication items, and provide training to staff.

Funding: $64,500

Monash University

Promoting and providing reusable solutions through the Monash University Ditch Disposables program. Monash University will implement a centralised reusable crockery and cutlery system to support the food outlets at Clayton campus.

Funding: $85,800

More information

Email us if you have any queries about Round 2 of this grant.