Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials (paper and cardboard, plastic, glass) grants

Last updated: 25 January 2021

Expressions of interest for the grants are now closed, with the successful recipients of this round detailed below.

$8.1 million has been awarded to seven infrastructure projects that will increase Victoria’s capacity to process and recycle Victoria’s glass and plastic waste.

The projects funded will create 70 new ongoing full-time jobs and process over 220,000 tonnes of glass and plastic waste each year – more than doubling Victoria's domestic glass recycling and boosting domestic plastics recycling by almost 40%.

Successful recipients

Cleanaway Pty Ltd

Project: Post-consumer plastics reprocessing plant: An end-to-end solution

Funding: $3,000,000

Description: The funding will be used to build a facility capable of processing 20,000 tonnes of plastic per annum.

Cleanaway Pty Ltd

Project: Victoria Closed Loop Glass Beneficiation

Funding: $3,000,000

Description: Cleanaway will build a facility which will have the capacity to process 140,000 tonnes of glass per annum.

Mildura Rural City Council

Project: Mildura Glass Sorting and Processing Facility

Funding: $228,750

Description: The funding will be used to construct a regional sorting and glass processing facility with the capacity to process 5300 tonnes of kerbside materials per annum.

Repurpose It

Project: Plant Capacity Optimisation – Waste Glass Recovery

Funding: $400,000

Description: Processing capacity at Repurpose It’s existing Epping plant will be increased with the funding used to install an additional centrifuge and material storage bunker.

Socobell O.E.M Pty Ltd

Project: CLEVA POD Recycled Plastic Void Former System for Concrete Foundations

Funding: $847,961

Description: The funding will be used to install a patented new CLEVA POD void forming system, which creates concrete slab foundations made from 100% recycled plastic – which will be marketed to the construction industry.

Vinidex Pty Ltd

Project: Resource Recovery for Plastics Pipes

Funding: $155,045

Description: Vinidex will use the funding to install infrastructure which will process recovered polymers to create new pipe products.

Wheelie Waste Pty Ltd

Project: Wheelie Waste Warrnambool Recycling Facility

Funding: $481,800

Description: A new facility will be constructed with the funding, which will sort and process glass as well as bale paper and plastic for transport.

The Victorian Government and the Australian Government each contributed $4.05 million to these projects.

The Australian and Victorian governments are partnering to invest a total of $46 million in Victorian recycling projects through the Australian Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund. The funding will be distributed through the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund.

Grant overview

Funding will be available for infrastructure projects (new infrastructure or upgrades) that:

  • increase the capacity and capability of Victoria’s resource recovery sector and/or
  • improve the quality of available materials for reprocessing and remanufacturing.

Application process

These grants involved a two-stage application process:

  • Stage 1 was an Expression of Interest (EOI) and was a competitive merit-based assessment process to shortlist suitable applicants. This stage closed on 8 May 2020.
  • Stage 2 was by invitation to applicants shortlisted from Stage 1 to submit a full application and business case. This stage closed on 25 September 2020.


Note: This timeline is indicative only and may change.

  • February 2020 – EOI opened
  • 10 March 2020 – Information session
  • 3pm Friday 8 May 2020 – EOI closed
  • June 2020 – Notification of outcome
  • July 2020 – If EOI successful, invited to Stage 2 to submit business case
  • September 2020 – submissions of Stage 2 business case close
  • January 2021– grant recipients announced
  • January 2021 – funding agreement established
  • March 2021 – projects commenced
  • 30 March 2024 – projects commissioned and operational