Projects funded to support the development of infrastructure to improve the collection and processing of recycled materials.
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund supports the development of infrastructure to build capability and capacity to recover high quality materials from collection, sorting, recycling and processing of valuable materials.
The program supports projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery sector and the recovery of priority materials. Valued at approximately $26 million, the funding program has allocated over $20 million to 62 infrastructure projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria since 2017.
The projects are expected to create more than 450 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and divert at least 600,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.
Recipients were announced November 2019.
$1.2 million for 5 projects across Victoria.
Project: Kerbside food organics garden organics (FOGO) service infrastructure
Description: Macedon Ranges Shire Council will expand their existing garden organics collection for residents to include the collection of food waste, and introduce additional garden and food waste collection services. They will provide the infrastructure, such as kitchen caddies, liners and kerbside bins, and educational material to promote the service.
Project: Let's Go FOGO
Description: Maribyrnong City Council will expand their existing garden organics collection for residents to also include the collection of food waste, and introduce additional garden and food waste collection services. This will divert almost 8,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 14,000 tonnes.
Project: Surf Coast Shire Food Organics Recovery Program
Description: Surf Coast Shire Council will expand their existing garden organics collection for residents to include the collection of food waste, and introduce additional garden and food waste collection services to rural properties. A recent trial across 3,000 households in Anglesea saw a 24% reduction in waste to landfill.
Project: Separation at source recycling – 'a Clear Solution!'
Description: Warrnambool City Council will improve the quality of recycling from households by providing three separate recycling collection services. There will be a new bin exclusively for glass, to complement the existing organics and co-mingled recycling bins.
Project: Yarra City Council holistic waste management services
Description: Yarra City Council will expand on existing collections services that segregate glass and organics improving the volume and the quality collected for recycling and further diverting waste from landfill.
Recipient were announced August 2019.
$3.5 million for 10 projects across Victoria. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: Clarinda additive bin
Description: Alex Fraser Group will install an additive bin at their Clarinda facility which will divert low-value recovered glass unfit for reuse from landfill. They will be able to increase the use of this recycled glass in construction, such as road base, providing a much-needed end-market for this material.
Project: Baled low-value mixed plastics reprocessing
Description: Astron will enhance its capacity and capability to efficiently sort, clean and reprocess baled low-value mixed plastics from kerbside recycling. Plastics will be reprocessed into high-value, commercial grade recycled resins which can be on-sold to the market to manufacture recycled content products.
Project: Post-consumer polypropylene plastic flake sorting and reprocessing plant
Description: Astron Sustainability will build an infrastructure to sort and process more than 2,000 tonnes of difficult-to-recycle mixed plastic waste will be sorted and processed to a quality that can be used in manufacturing processes.
Project: Laverton Plastic Resource Recovery Project
Description: Cleanaway will upgrade its Laverton North plant and invest in equipment to provide a resource recovery solution to divert further Green PET bottles, Clear PET and PP trays from landfill.
Project: Increased use of recycled soft plastics in asphalt roads
Description: Close the Loop will add infrastructure that will recover 5,000 tonnes of soft plastics annually, as well as waste toner powder and engine oil, all of which can be used in asphalt road base.
Location: New Gisborne
Project: Victorian Battery Recycling and Material Recovery Infrastructure Project
Description: Envirostream will upgrade and increase capacity to recycle batteries, which are high-risk e-waste due to their toxicity to the environment and human health.
Project: Glass and plastic recovery processing for pavement materials
Description: Fulton Hogan will upgrade their asphalt plant to be able to take glass and plastic from kerbside recycling collections to use as an alternative for pavement materials.
Location: Dandenong South
Project: Melbourne PVC pipe recycling and manufacturing facility
Description: A new facility production line will recycle up to 5,246 tonnes of plastic every year. This will divert hard-to-recycle plastics from landfill, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are commonly used in piping and bottles.
Project: Waste glass washing
Description: The Repurpose It washing plant will install infrastructure to improve the recovery and washing of glass fines sourced from materials recovery facilities, which generally cannot be recycled, so diverting this waste from landfill. They will provide clean glass feedstock that has value for end markets.
Project: HordyPly – Recycling construction site hoarding into valuable plywood
Description: Supa Dupa Industries will recover timber plywood boards from construction waste, creating high-value products such as building fit-outs, fixtures and furniture.
Recipients were announced December 2018.
$4.2 million for 16 projects across Victoria. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: 30XY Group/Reclaim Waste – Wet Recycling System
Description: Funding of a wet recycling system. The project will allow 30XY/Reclaim to recover 100% of solid waste and over 95% of water from waste collected as food waste and street sweepings, diverting 24,700 tonnes of solid material and 13,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill per year.
Project: Toward the Future – Lake Bolac Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade ProjectFunding: $160,100
Description: The Lake Bolac Resource Recovery Centre will consolidate three existing rural facilities into one best practice facility to maximise recovery of commingled recycling, organics, e-waste and plastics.
Project: E-Waste Plastic Micro Factory Project
Description: The first commercial application of innovative new micro-factory technology developed by TES (an e-recycler), and the UNSW SMART Hub to manufacture 3D printer filament from e-waste plastic.
Project: Regional Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recovery Centre
Description: Creation of a C&D waste recovery centre targeting the residential construction industry. The project will process up to 95,000 tonnes in the first year.
Project: Bingo Recycling – Braeside Recycling Centre Redevelopment for Optimised Resource Recovery
Description: Establishment of technically advanced Recycling Centre in Braeside to process mixed solid inert commercial and industrial (C&I) and C&D waste, and putrescible garden waste. Diversion of approximately 80,000 tonnes/annum of target waste streams in its first year of operation.
Project: Cleanaway Brooklyn Resource Recovery Centre (BRRC) Upgrade
Description: Upgrade of the Brooklyn Resource Recovery Centre. This presents an opportunity to recover an additional 100,000 tonnes/annum.
Project: Construction and Demolition Waste & Commercial and Industrial Waste Sortation Facility
Description: Commercial Tippers in conjunction with Smart Recycling, plan to build a Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D) and Commercial and Industrial Waste (C&I) Sortation Facility. The facility will accept up to 160,000 tonnes per annum of material.
Project: Installation of Recycling Bins at Ardmona and Murchison Resource Recovery Centres (RRCs)
Description: Installation of new bins at Ardmona and Murchison RRCs to allow for the recovery of rigid and soft plastics, cardboard and paper.
Project: Diversion and Recycling of Problematic Electronic Waste
Description: The National E-Waste Alliance, in collaboration with WDEA (a disability employment enterprise), will establish a network of collection points across the Western districts of Victoria to permit the drop off of end of life electronics not covered under the Federal National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Project: New recycling stations for Officeworks' Product Stewardship Programs
Description: Officeworks have designed a new recycling station. They are seeking to rollout these new recycling stations to all 50 stores in Victoria – including batteries, e-waste, soft plastics.
Project: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic granulator for recycling PVC piping
Description: End-of-life PVC piping will be ground up in a specially designed granulator, recycling approximately 375 tonnes of PVC piping every year.
Project: Nextstep rPET Solution
Description: New facility for PET/ HDPE / LDPE plastic recycling to prepare materials for downstream remanufacturing.
Project: Expansion of Handheld Battery Recycling Plant
Description: Expansion of existing plant to increase capacity and widen the range of batteries which can be processed along with installing an automatic mechanical and optical sorting line for maximum sorting purity.
Project: Improved Regional Plastics Processing
Description: Adding a large shredder to the existing plastics processing facility to automatically and continuously process large plastic articles without pre-cutting by hand, which then makes them suitable for further processing through the existing washing system.
Project: E-waste and Battery Collection and Processing
Description: Statewide collection system for end of life electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) and batteries and processing facility.
Project: FOGO's a GOGO. "If it Grows in it Goes"
Description: Introduction of a new kerbside food organics/garden organics (FOGO) collection service to over 15,000 households. The project and resultant ongoing service will generate a reduction of waste to landfill of potentially 8,500 tonnes/annum.
Recipients were announced June 2018.
$3.7 million for 12 projects in regional Victoria. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade Project (RRCUP) – Stage 1
Description: Development of a Resource Recovery Transfer Station
Project: Introduce a Household Food Organics Collection and Expand the Current Garden Collection to Include Food.
Description: The rollout of a kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) collection service to 8000 residents in the municipality (i.e. all with new food and 2000 with food and garden).
Project: Recovering Flexible Plastics and Polystyrene Otherwise Destined for Landfill
Description: Upgrade of infrastructure on-site to recover flexible plastics and polystyrene.
Project: Camperdown Compost Company Facility Upgrade Plan
Description: Infrastructure to increase the composting capabilities at the site.
Project: Maddingley Waste to Energy
Description: The project will develop a scalable Waste to Energy facility at the Maddingley Brown Coal site and install a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for sorting.
Project: Project Mildura Plant Upgrade
Description: Infrastructure to double the production capacity to recycle plastics for extrusion into timber replacement products.
Project: Planning for the Future - Advancing Resource Recovery in the Rapidly Growing Mitchell Shire
Description: Development a new Resource Recovery Centre (RRC)
Project: Cobram Commercial Waste Sorting Facility (CWSF)
Description: The project will enable industrial waste sorting at the Cobram Resource Recovery Facility. This includes materials such as soft plastics, cardboard, dirt, concrete, metals and timber.
Project: Waste not Want not – Increased Resource Recovery in Towong Shire
Description: Upgrades to the Corryong Resource Recovery Centre and the Tallangatta transfer Station and establishment of two resale shops.
Project: Regional Organics Processing Plant
Description: The construction of a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) processing facility.
Project: Shepparton Organics Resource Recovery Facility (SORRF) Plant Capacity Increase
Description: Increase the capacity of the composting plant and construct two tunnels for processing commercial and Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) waste.
Project: Warracknabeal Transfer Station Upgrade and Landfill Closure
Description: Upgrade of the Warracknabeal Transfer Station which will allow for increased recyclables collection including agricultural soft plastics such as grain bags and tarpaulins.
Recipients were announced June 2017.
$5.4 million for 14 projects in metropolitan Melbourne. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: Advanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer type
Description: Recycling Solutions aim to increase the diversion of flexible plastic from landfill by over 10,000 tpa through the development of an advanced recycling facility.
Project: Closing the Loop on Yarra's Food Waste
Description: Yarra City Council will provide a kerbside food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection service to 700 households. Additional on-site reprocessing solutions for food waste will be installed at 3 apartment locations and 1 commercial location.
Project: Battery Recycling Solutions
Description: CMA Ecocycle will construct a new custom-built plant which will involve pre-sorting, automatic-sorting and manual sorting to recycle major battery types. The project aims to divert approximately 4,000 tonnes of batteries from landfill, from which valuable metals will be extracted via a fully traceable “closed loop” recycling methodology.
Project: Enrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery Program
Description: Installation of 18 food organic dehydration units to restaurants, hospitals and similar facilities to allow waste to be collected and then turned into compost.
Project: Upgrade Cardinia Transfer Station
Description: Upgrade of the Cardinia Transfer Station to increase tonnage of materials recovered at the site.
Project: Knox Transfer Station (KTS) Process Engineered Fuel (PEF)
Description: KTS Recycling will establish a Process Engineered Fuel manufacturing facility at the Knox Transfer Station.
Project: Melton Recycling Facility Upgrade
Description: Upgrade of the Melton Recycling Facility to Better Practice Resource Recovery standards.
Project: Production of tyre crumb derived composite material
Description: Creating tyre crumb derived Polymeric Powder from end-of-life tyres for use in the large volume irrigation pipes and sewerage pipes markets.
Project: Polytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing Project
Description: This project will install machinery to colour sort and clean the 3–8mm fraction into 22,000 tonnes per annum of saleable products.
Project: Coffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling Expansion
Description: Infrastructure to allow the expansion of the collection of spent coffee grounds from retail and manufacturing venues. Also instituting a concurrent flexible plastics recycling collection.
Project: Recycling plant expansion
Description: Purchase and install new proven re-processing equipment to allow the recycling more post-consumer waste.
Project: Washing Plant 460 Cooper Street
Description: Establish a state of the art washing facility which will utilise best practise technologies in the processing of typically untreatable waste streams currently being sent to landfill.
Project: Timber Waste Resource Recovery Project
Description: Establishment a waste timber drop off recovery facility. The facility will receive up to 200,000 tonnes per annum of waste timber.
Project: Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty. Ltd.
Description: Development of a new resource recovery centre at Westall Road, Springvale which will focus on green and wood waste, recoverable hard waste, construction and demolition waste and recyclables.
The Victorian State Government recognises the significant impact China’s new policy for recyclables has had on the Victorian resource recovery sector. In April 2018, funding was allocated to the Recycling Industry Transition Support Fund to support a rapid response to the current recycling issues.
The grants are a component of the $13 million support package for councils and the recycling industry announced by Minister D’Ambrosio on 23 February 2018.
The objective of the grants is to support Victoria’s resource recovery sector to rapidly improve its capability and capacity to recover and reprocess plastics, paper and cardboard (PPC) waste to a commercial grade, enabling supply to more local and international markets.
Recipients were announced April 2018.$2.1 million for 5 projects across Victoria.
Description: Installation of sorting and compaction equipment for waste paper that will have the capacity of processing 39,000 tonnes annually.
Description: Branin is establishing EcoUnpack as an innovative, long term, domestic solution for recycling complex, plastic food packaging. The funding will support the sustainable recycling of over 200,000 tonnes per annum of packaged organic food waste. 7,000 tonnes per annum of plastic will be reprocessed.
Description: The commissioning of plastic washing equipment that can accept a wider range of plastic materials. Upgrading the treatment of wastewater from the wash plant, resulting in the production of higher grade outputs. The new equipment will increase processing capacity by 800kg/hr for plastics. Once operational the upgraded facility will be capable of reprocessing plastics of various polymers into valuable commodities, which can then be used as alternatives to virgin materials in the manufacture of new plastic products both locally and internationally.
Description: The installation of three plastic sorting machines to reprocess 10,400 tonnes annually of mixed plastics sourced from domestic recycling, into commercially saleable plastic products. The machines will separate the mixed plastics into PE, HDPE, PVC/PP and PS. Unlike mixed plastics, these separated outputs will meet the quality requirements of buyers in Malaysia and Hong Kong, effecting an increase in the ability to process mixed plastics to a commercial grade in Victoria.
Description: Upgrade existing MRF to include equipment to reduce contamination of PPC and increased capacity by 5,000 tonnes annually.
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