Investment Support Grants – Packaging Round 1

Last updated: 15 October 2021

Grant recipients announced

We’ve received an overwhelming response, which shows how enthusiastic Victorian organisations are about making packaging more sustainable and contributing to a circular economy.

In this round, 17 organisations have been awarded more than $560,000 in total. The grants support small and medium-sized enterprises, not-for-profits and social enterprises to invest in projects that reduce, recover and reuse packaging materials (such as plastics, paper and cardboard). These projects support Recycling Victoria, our 10-year action plan to transform our recycling system.

Grants recipients

Alba Whisky

  • Funding: $6,000
  • Description: Alba Whisky will use a new cardboard shredder to produce packaging fill instead of using polystyrene peanuts as fill.

Australian Paper Recovery

  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Australian Paper Recovery will use new infrastructure to recover fibre packaging to be used in new packaging.

Big Group Hug

  • Funding: $11,500
  • Description: Big Group Hug will replace PVC packaging with recycled cardboard.


  • Funding: $10,447.50
  • Description: Darpac will use a new hot melt labelling machine to reuse cardboard cylinder packaging.


  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Graina will transform its grocery home delivery service by using containers that will be collected and refilled.

Happy Planet Toys

  • Funding: $35,000
  • Description: Happy Planet Toys will design and manufacture a toy made from recycled milk bottles.

Innovative Plastic Solutions

  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Innovative Plastic Solutions will use new injection moulding tools to produce shopping handbaskets made from recycled HDPE plastic (high-density polyethylene).

National Paper Industries

  • Funding: $45,500
  • Description: National Paper Industries will purchase a new paper reel cutting machine to reduce paper wastage and waste ending up in landfill.


  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Pakaflex will use new equipment to recycle plastic film that can be reused in their existing flexible timber packaging.

Plastica Australia

  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Plastica Australia will expand their operations and start manufacturing recycled garbage and medical waste bags.

Presto Furniture

  • Funding: $3,000
  • Description: Presto Furniture will use a new cardboard shredder to produce packaging fill.

Recyclable Packaging (Casslis)

  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Recyclable Packaging will use new tools to manufacture cheese and chicken trays from recycled PET.

Sa’pere Drinks

  • Funding: $45,500
  • Description: Sa’pere Drinks will create a reusable glass bottle system for pubs and clubs.

SCS Plastics

  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: SCS Plastics will use three new granulators to recycle fruit and vegetable plastic trays they currently produce. This will divert tonnes of PET plastics (polyethylene terephthalate) from landfill.


  • Funding: $3,350
  • Description: Select*d will replace its current PVC food bowls with recyclable PET bowls.

Stone of the YRR Valley

  • Funding: $3,778
  • Description: Stone of the YRR Valley will replace single-use plastic containers with stainless steel containers in their commercial kitchen.

Victorian Recyclers

  • Funding: $50,000
  • Description: Victorian Recyclers will create a closed-loop solution to green plastic strapping: the strapping will be remanufactured back into new plastic strapping