Research, Development and Demonstration Grants – Funded projects

Last updated: 8 April 2022
Number of recipients to date: 22
Total funding awarded to date: $3,694,647

Research, Development and Demonstration grants helped fund research to develop new products made from recycled materials such as glass, plastic, organics, electronic waste, concrete, brick and rubber.

These grants were for businesses or local governments, who can partner with research institutes (mostly universities) to develop and create products that will use large volumes of recycled materials.

The grants aimed to:

  • support research into product development and performance of recycled materials
  • support development of new or existing products that use high value recycled materials
  • improve product standards and specifications to include recycled material
  • improve market confidence and demand to use recycled materials and products.

Fund recipients

ARRB Group Ltd

Develop a VicRoads specification that allows use of crumb rubber in asphalt for use in local roads.. Project partners: VicRoads, Australian Asphalt Pavement Association. Targeted material: Rubber.

Funding: $60,000

ARRB Group Ltd

Trialling high proportions of recycled crushed glass in asphalt on local roads within Brimbank City Council.. Project partners: Brimbank City Council, VicRoads. Targeted material: Glass.

Funding: $200,000

Deakin University

A two-step process testing efficient methods to extract silicon from waste photovoltaic panels, then converting this material into a useable product.. Project partners: Delaminating Resources, Close the Loop. Targeted material: E-waste.

Funding: $150,000

Deakin University

Investigate an alternative to the current physical and mechanical recycling methods of polyethylene (PE). This project will investigate the impact of various catalysts on PE recycling.. Project partners: Qenos, GT Recycling. Targeted material: Plastics.

Funding: $195,000

Downer EDI Works

Downer partnered with Hume City Council, Close the Loop and RED Group to construct a demonstration road using recycled soft plastics, glass and toner cartridge in asphalt.. Project partners: Hume City Council, Close the Loop, RED Group. Targeted material: Glass, plastics.

Funding: $67,226

Hermetia Biosystems Pty Ltd

Establish a demonstration facility to convert up to 100 tonnes of food waste per day into protein meal and fertiliser products.. . Targeted material: Organics (food waste).

Funding: $200,000

Monash University

Undertake field testing and monitoring to understand in-track performance and any benefits of the Duratrack recycled plastic rail sleeper such as noise and vibration reduction.. Project partner: Integrated Recycling. Targeted material: Plastic.

Funding: $299,200

RMIT University

Test the use of a glass fines stabilising technology to manufacture a prototype access cover that meets Australian Standard AS3996:2006 in support of road drainage infrastructure.. Project partners: RepurposeIt, Frasers Property Australia, Hume City Council, Brimbank City Council. Targeted material: Glass.

Funding: $77,806

RMIT University

Develop a premix concrete incorporating recycled plastics and rubber.. Project partners: Boral Limited, Office of Projects Victoria, City of Whitehorse. Targeted material: Plastics, rubber (tyres).

Funding: $200,000

RMIT University

Develop a performance-based classification system of plastic/rubber-modified bitumen. This would mean that the inclusion of recycled content is determined by performance rather than percentage.. Project partners: Sami Bitumen Technologies, City of Whittlesea, Office of Projects Victoria. Targeted material: Plastics, rubber.

Funding: $200,000

Swinburne University

Establish a method to extract high purity zinc and zinc oxide powders from spent alkaline batteries.. Project partner: Envirostream Pty Ltd. Targeted material: E-waste.

Funding: $74,390

Swinburne University

Investigate new blends of foamed bitumen using recycled glass fines and recovered plastics instead of traditional quarry aggregates.. Project partner: Fulton Hogan Industries. Targeted material: Plastics and glass.

Funding: $189,975

Swinburne University

Evaluate the use of glass, plastics and crushed concrete in railway substructure including the capping layer and sub ballast.. Project partners: Melbourne Trains Metro Level Crossing Removal Project, Rail Projects Victoria. Targeted material: Plastics and glass.

Funding: $192,950

Swinburne University of Technology

Using previously SV funded R&D results to demonstrate the performance of plastics and glass in concrete footpaths.. Project partner: Wyndham City Council. Targeted material: Glass and plastics.

Funding: $72,100

Swinburne University of Technology

Develop a production process using 100% recycled plastics in concrete void formers which are used to reduce the volume of concrete whilst maintaining strength in concrete slabs.. Project partners: GT Recycling Pty Ltd, Robovoid Pty Ltd. Targeted material: Plastics.

Funding: $175,000

Swinburne University of Technology

Undertake R&D to develop a VicRoads specification for municipal roads that permits the use of crushed glass, concrete and brick.. Project partners: Alex Fraser Group, VicRoads (Quarry Materials specialist). Targeted material: Concrete, brick and glass.

Funding: $176,000

University of Melbourne

A demonstration project trialling a permeable pavement, using recycled concrete, brick, glass, plastics and rubber, under real traffic conditions. Project partner: Downer EDI Works. Targeted material: Concrete, brick, glass, plastics and rubber.

Funding: $160,000

University of Melbourne

Develop and field test noise barrier walls made from recycled plastic with minimal usage of virgin materials.. Project partner(s): Integrated Recycling. Targeted material: Plastics.

Funding: $195,000

University of Melbourne

Develop a precast structural concrete wall using waste glass fines and waste paper cellulose fibres.. Project partner(s): Casafico, Ikon Services Australia, Universal Vortex Industries, RMIT University. Targeted material: Paper, cardboard and glass.

Funding: $200,000

University of Melbourne

Construct a demonstration site at a Level Crossing Removal Authority project site to trial the glass fines as a sand replacement in concrete in a real-world application.. Project partners: VicRoads, North West Program Alliance, Hanson. Targeted material: Glass.

Funding: $215,000

Victoria University

Develop new blends of trench backfill material specifically to be used to in and around sewer and ‘manhole’ structures. The blends will be field tested against EPA guidelines and Australian Standards. Project partner(s): Victoria University Ground Science, University of Melbourne, City West Water. Targeted material: Plastics and glass.

Funding: $195,000

Yarra City Council

Trialling a separate glass collection with approx. 1000 residents and using the collected glass in asphalt to demonstrate performance in municipal road construction.. Project partner: RMIT University. Targeted material: Glass.

Funding: $200,000

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