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Details of recipients of Recycling Victoria Communities Fund grants. The grants supported local community initiatives that engage the community in local circular economy solutions.
For background, view the Recycling Victoria Communities Fund guidelines.
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).
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.
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.
Building a network of community composting hubs.
Purchasing industrial woodworking tools for the community repair café.
Establishing an op-shop and a ‘slow fashion hub’ (2 short term jobs).
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.
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).
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).
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).
This grant program is closed, but you can email us if you have any queries.