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 $24 million, the funding program has allocated over $18 million to 58 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
Adding food to their existing household kerbside garden organics collection and introducing FOGO to other households, and providing kitchen caddies and liners and educational material.
Project: Let's Go FOGO
Adding food to their existing household kerbside garden organics collection and introducing FOGO to other households.
Project: Surf Coast Shire Food Organics Recovery Program
Project: Separation at source recycling – 'a Clear Solution!'
Introducing a separate household glass recycling kerbside and drop-off service to complement the existing organics and mixed recycling bins.
Project: Yarra City Council holistic waste management services
Moving to a 4-bin household kerbside collection service beginning with a separate glass recycling service and later a FOGO service.
Recipient were announced August 2019.
$3.5 million for 9 projects across Victoria. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: Clarinda additive bin
Installing an additive bin at their Clarinda facility which will divert low value recovered glass unfit for reuse from landfill. Alex Fraser Group 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
Installing equipment which will increase capacity 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 to manufacture recycled content products.
Project: Post-consumer polypropylene plastic flake sorting and reprocessing plant
Introducing near infrared polymer/colour sorting technology, which will enhance its capacity and capability to purchase post-consumer flaked plastics from local material recovery facilities.
Project: Laverton Plastic Resource Recovery Project
Upgrading equipment and installing optical sorters to sort clear PET and polypropylene trays and green PET bottles for recycling.
Project: Increased use of recycled soft plastics in asphalt roads
Investing in a full-scale production line to manufacture TonerPlas from waste post-consumer soft plastics together with waste toner to use in asphalt road base.
Location: New Gisborne
Project: Victorian Battery Recycling and Material Recovery Infrastructure Project
Upgrading and increasing 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
Installing a plastic granulator to process locally sourced household and commercial glass and plastic to use in asphalt and pavements.
Location: Dandenong South
Project: Melbourne polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene pipe recycling and manufacturing facility
Installing new specialised direct feed machinery to recycle up to 5,246 tonnes of plastic every year to increase production of HDPE, LDPE and PVC pipes for housing, agriculture and communications.
Project: Waste glass washing
Installing infrastructure to improve the recovery and washing of glass fines sourced from materials recovery facilities, which generally cannot be recycled. The process results in clean glass feedstock that has value for end markets.
Recipients were announced December 2018.
$4 million for 16 projects across Victoria. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: 30XY Group/Reclaim Waste – Wet Recycling System
Installing a wet recycling system to recover 100% of solid waste and over 95% of water from food waste and street sweepings.
Project: Toward the Future – Lake Bolac Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade ProjectFunding: $160,100
Upgrading to a best practice facility to maximise recovery of mixed recycling, organics, e-waste and plastics.
Project: Regional Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recovery Centre
Establishing an automated residential C&D waste recovery centre using advanced sorting technologies. The project will process up to 95,000 tonnes in the first year.
Project: Cleanaway Brooklyn Resource Recovery Centre (BRRC) Upgrade
Upgrading the Brooklyn Resource Recovery Centre to increase capacity to recover more materials.
Project: Construction and Demolition Waste & Commercial and Industrial Waste Sortation Facility
Building a C&D and C&I sortation sorting facility in Dandenong South to accept up to 160,000 tonnes per annum of material.
Project: Hallam Transfer Station upgrade
Developing a leading practice transfer station which will collect C & D, C&I and MSW materials including bricks and rubble, soils, green organics, timber, e-waste, paper & cardboard, metals and plastics.
Project: Geelong Stage 2 in-vessel composting unit for food organics
Installing an in-vessel composting unit and related infrastructure to compost food organics capacity at the Geelong Organics Composting Facility.
Project: Installation of Recycling Bins at Ardmona and Murchison Resource Recovery Centres (RRCs)
Installing 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
Collaborating with WDEA (a disability employment enterprise) to establish a network of collection points across the Western districts of Victoria and 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
Constructing Officeworks' newly designed recycling stations and installing them in 42 stores in Victoria to collect batteries, e-waste and soft plastics.
Project: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic granulator for recycling PVC piping
Installing a specially designed granulator to recycle end-of-life PVC piping to recycle approximately 375 tonnes of PVC piping each year.
Project: Expansion of Handheld Battery Recycling Plant
Upgrading existing plant equipment to increase processing capacity of single-use batteries and expand processing to include lithium-ion batteries. New optical and mechanical sorting will increase recovery.
Project: Improved Regional Plastics Processing
Installing new processing and pipe-making equipment to expand the types of plastics accepted to process into a high-quality product to make pipes and other products.
Project: E-waste and Battery Collection and Processing
Purchasing receptacles for a statewide collection system for end-of-life electrical and electronic waste and batteries and expanding the processing facility.
Project: FOGO's a GOGO. "If it Grows in it Goes"
Introducing a new kerbside food organics/garden organics (FOGO) collection service to over 15,000 households to potentially reduce around 8,500 tonnes per annum of waste to landfill.
Project: Mobile e-waste factory
Establishing the mobile e-waste factory, a first stage e-waste recycling plant in a shipping container that can be moved to collection and consolidation locations.
Recipients were announced June 2018.
$3.2 million for 11 projects in regional Victoria. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade Project (RRCUP) – Stage 1
Constructing a modern resource recovery centre.
Project: Introduce a Household Food Organics Collection and Expand the Current Garden Collection to Include Food.
Providing a new opt-in kerbside food and garden organics collection service to 2000 new households and adding food organics to the existing nearly 6000 households with a garden organics collection service. This will result in a food and garden organics (FOGO) collection service to around 8000 households.
Project: Recovering flexible plastics and polystyrene
Installing balers, scales and compactors to recover flexible plastics and polystyrene that would otherwise be deposited in landfill.
Project: Camperdown Compost Company Facility Upgrade Plan
Increasing the composting capabilities at the site.
Project: Mildura Plant Upgrade
Upgrading its raw material storage area and installing a new extrusion production line to produce Blox safety supports.
Project: Seymour Resource Recovery Centre
Developing a new resource recovery centre.
Project: Cobram Commercial Waste Sorting Facility (CWSF)
Constructing a commercial waste sorting facility at the Cobram Resource Recovery Centre and Landfill.
Project: Waste not Want not – Increased Resource Recovery in Towong Shire
Upgrading the Corryong Resource Recovery Centre.
Project: Regional Organics Processing Plant
Constructing a food and garden organics (FOGO) processing facility.
Project: Shepparton Organics Resource Recovery Facility (SORRF) – Plant Capacity Increase
Increasing the capacity of the composting plant and constructing 2 tunnels for processing commercial and household food and garden organic waste.
Project: Warracknabeal Transfer Station Upgrade
Upgrading the Warracknabeal Transfer Station to increase recovery of recyclables including agricultural soft plastics such as grain bags and tarpaulins.
Recipients were announced June 2017.
$4.8 million for 12 projects in metropolitan Melbourne. See map showing location of recipients.
Project: Advanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer type
Developing an advanced flexible recycling facility with a fully automated sorting line and 3 separate washing lines to process plastics by polymer and to specific customer requirements (e.g. food grade) to divert flexible and thermoformed plastic packaging from landfill.
Project: Battery Recycling Solutions
Constructing a custom-built plant with pre-sorting, automatic-sorting and manual sorting to recycle major battery types.
Project: Enrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery Program
Installing 18 food organic dehydration units to restaurants, hospitals and similar facilities to allow food waste to be collected and turned into compost.
Project: Upgrade Cardinia Transfer Station
Upgrading the Cardinia Transfer Station to increase tonnage of materials recovered at the site.
Project: Knox Transfer Station (KTS) Process Engineered Fuel (PEF)
Establishing a process engineered fuel manufacturing facility at the Knox Transfer Station.
Project: Melton Recycling Facility Upgrade
Upgrading the Melton Recycling Facility to meet better practice resource recovery standards and the needs of the growing population.
Project: Production of tyre crumb derived composite material
Installing machinery to create tyre crumb derived polymeric powder from end-of-life tyres to use in large volume irrigation pipe and sewerage pipe markets.
Project: Polytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing
Installing machinery to colour sort and clean the 3–8mm glass fraction into saleable products.
Project: Coffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling Expansion
Installing infrastructure to expand the collection of spent coffee grounds from retail and manufacturing venues to use as soil amendment and establish a concurrent flexible plastics recycling collection.
Project: Recycling plant expansion
Purchasing and installing new proven reprocessing equipment to recycle more post-consumer plastics.
Project: Washing Plant 460 Cooper Street Epping
Establishing a state-of-the-art washing facility using best practice technologies to process typically untreatable waste streams currently being sent to landfill.
Project: Closing the loop on Yarra's food waste
Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) collection service to 700 households, and on-site processing at 3 apartment buildings and one commercial location.
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.
Project: Mixed paper sorting to meet grade specifications and market acceptance
Installing sorting and compaction equipment to separate grades of paper and cardboard to reduce contamination and meet grade specifications and market acceptance.
Project: Branin – EcoUnpack
Installing machinery to recover mixed polymer plastics from packaging that is mixed in with pre-consumer food waste from food manufacturers, to produce commercially saleable plastics pellets.
Project: Enhanced plastics processing project
Installing machinery to increase plastics processing capacity to produce higher quality commercial product for both local and international markets.
Project: Campbellfield plastics sorting project
Installing 3 sorting machines to separate plastic polymers from household recycling into commercially saleable plastic products
Project: Bairnsdale Material Recovery Facility upgrade
Upgrading the existing facility with equipment to reduce contamination and increase processing capacity of plastic, paper and cardboard for sale to end markets.
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