Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Funded projects

Last updated: 8 April 2022
Number of recipients to date: 10
Total funding awarded to date: $2,147,168
All projects to be completed by: June 2023

Details of recipients of Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund grants. The grants funded projects which enabled research institutes to partner with the industry to research and develop new uses for recycled priority materials.

For background, view the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund guidelines.

Fund recipients

Materials Round 1

ARRB Group

This project will investigate the use of an aggregate blend incorporating recycled glass to reduce the volume of imported treated natural aggregate and the add value to recycled glass fines to make the use of High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) more sustainable and affordable by road agencies and local governments.

Funding: $81,000


This project will develop material specifications for uPVC recyclate with PVC compounders and manufacturers and develop a prototype device that will analyse the composition of PVC recyclate and determine what compounds need to be added to a particular input blend to achieve an output that meets the developed standard.

Funding: $300,000

Deakin University

The objective of this project is to maximise the amount of recycled polypropylene (PP) that can be incorporated into Gale Pacific’s existing product the ‘Landmark polyfabric’. Testing and evaluation will be undertaken to determine the maximum amount of recycled PP that can be used without adversely impacting the final product.

Funding: $255,000

Monash University

This research project will develop reinforced recycled plastic modular platform elements for tram stop platforms.

Funding: $300,000


In this project, an innovative approach to control the dimensional instability of cardboard sections will be developed from core engineering principles. This theoretical approach will be augmented by strengthening and testing cardboards in the laboratory. These strengthened sections with proper connections will be used to construct a truss. This proof-of-concept design and application will be tested to Australian Standard loading conditions in the laboratory and evaluated by industry partners with practical application to case study sites.

Funding: $91,168


This project aims to develop a low carbon concrete containing pre-treated cardboard waste as partial replacement for natural coarse and fine aggregates. This mix-design will be developed for adoption in a light and efficient precast wall panel system which is capable of being used in multi-unit residential and commercial constructions.

Funding: $200,000


This project will develop structural grating hold down clips and roof purlins made using recycled plastics, tyre and timber. Purlins are made by sandwiching reinforced plastics between two timber veneers and the hold down clips will be made using reinforced recycled plastics with ground tyre used as an UV resistant coating.

Funding: $200,000

Swinbourne University of Technology

This project will develop a new process for recycling polystyrene with tyre crumbs to manufacture performance enhanced composite products. The aim is to develop waffle pod spacers and reinforcing alignment products for residential housing slabs made out of recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) and tyre crumb.

Funding: $200,000

Swinburne University of Technology

This project will explore new applications for utilisation of recycled plastics in innovative bedding solutions, including frames and mattresses. Micro fibre reinforced recycled plastic will be employed with the novel design of modular ROBOBED features to enable manufacturing of bedding componentry with structural performance equivalent or exceeding the existing solutions made of foamed plastics or wood timber features.

Funding: $300,000

Victoria University

This project will investigate the utilisation of blends of recycled glass, plastic, and tyre, as well as construction & demolition wastes (CDW) as backfilling materials in sewer infrastructure embedded in expansive clay in order to minimise the potential subsidence or settlements in “trafficable areas”.

Funding: $220,000

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