Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund - Materials grants

Last updated: 19 May 2022

Grant recipients: 10

Grant funding awarded: $2,147,168

Grant projects completed by: 29 December 2023

The fund aims to accelerate markets, confidence and demand for recycled products in Victoria.

Grants focus on projects that:

  • support research institutes and industry to collaborate on innovative solutions that increase use of recycled materials
  • identify and develop new domestic markets for recycled materials
  • diversify products and processes using recycled priority materials – both existing and emerging
  • improve confidence and demand for recycled priority materials
  • support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.

These grants are part of the Recycling Victoria policy funding.

Round 1 – Funded projects and recipients

ARRB Group Ltd

Description: This project will investigate using an aggregate blend that includes recycled glass. This can help reduce the volume of treated natural aggregates to be imported, and add value to recycled glass fines. This may also make High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) more sustainable and affordable for road agencies and local governments.

Project partner: OmniGrip Direct Pty Ltd

Funding: $81,000

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Description: This project is about working with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounders and manufacturers to:

  • develop material specifications for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) recyclate
  • develop a prototype device that can help the composition of PVC recyclate meet required standards.

Project partners: Think Fencing Pty Ltd, Vinyl Council of Australia, and National Waste Recycling Industry Council

Funding: $300,000

Deakin University

Description: This project is to maximise the amount of recycled polypropylene (PP) that can be added to Gale Pacific’s polyfabric product, Landmark.

Project partners: Gale Pacific Limited, GT Recycling, and Lyondell Basell

Funding: $255,000

Monash University, Institute of Railway Technology (Monash IRT)

Description: This research project will develop modular elements – made of reinforced recycled plastic – for tram stop platforms.

Project partners: Yarra Trams, Integrated Recycling, and Advanced Circular Polymer

Funding: $300,000

RMIT University

Description: This project will create roof purlins by sandwiching reinforced plastics between two timber veneers, and lightweight composite panels for roof solar systems using recycled glass for integrating Photovoltaics.

Project partners: EKO Enviro and Australia and Bendigo City Council

Funding: $200,000

RMIT University

Description: This project will investigate using recycled cardboard in trusses for residential housing. The proof-of-concept design and application will be tested under Australian Standard loading conditions in the laboratory. .

Project partners: Intrax Consulting Engineers and Citywide

Funding: $91,168

RMIT University

Description: This project aims to develop low-carbon concrete that uses pre-treated cardboard waste to partly replace natural coarse and fine aggregates. The mix can be used in precast walls for multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.

Project partners: Enviromesh (Fibrecon) and Citywide

Funding: $200,000

Swinburne University of Technology

Description: This project will develop a new process for recycling polystyrene by using tyre crumbs, with the aim to manufacture waffle pod spacers and reinforced residential housing slabs.

Project partners: Polyfoam and Frubber

Funding: $200,000

Swinburne University of Technology

Description: This project will explore ways to use recycled plastics in innovative bedding solutions, including frames and mattresses.

Project partners: GT Recycling and Robovoid

Funding: $300,000

Victoria University

Description: This project will investigate using blends of recycled glass, plastic, tyre, as well as construction and demolition wastes, as backfill material for sewer infrastructure embedded in expansive clay. This can help minimise the potential for subsidence or settlement in trafficable areas.

Project partners: City West Water (now known as Greater Western Water), Ground Science Pty Ltd and University of Melbourne

Funding: $220,000