Materials recycling infrastructure funding: Information bulletin

Last updated: 23 June 2021

This page will be updated regularly based on questions we receive.

Information session

We held an information session to present an overview of the fund and application criteria.

Recording

Below you will find the questions we have received from interested parties and our responses.

We have only listed questions and answers that are not addressed in the program guidelines.

Waste to energy

Are waste to energy projects eligible for funding?

No, waste to energy projects are not eligible under these funds.

In line with the waste hierarchy set out in the Recycling Victoria policy, recycling materials for higher order use is being prioritised in this round of funding.

A separate funding stream will be made available for waste to energy projects soon.

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If one component of the project includes waste to energy conversion is the project eligible for funding?

Yes. If your proposed project includes multiple components, funding can only be used for eligible components.

For example, if your project is to process plastic food packaging for recycling and you then use the food biproduct to produce energy, Government funding and your co-contribution can only be applied to infrastructure and equipment related to the plastic packaging component.

Project outcomes included in your application and measured post-project completion (e.g. expenditure, capacity, jobs and reduction in waste to landfill) must relate to eligible components only and exclude any waste to energy outcomes.

Eligibility

I have a smaller scale project, should I still apply?

Yes. The Fund seeks to maximise public value and return on investment in the industry by supporting projects that meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirement for funding. Co-contributions and the lack of funding caps are not intended to discourage applications in respect of smaller scale projects that demonstrate public value (and which also meet the co-contribution requirement). SV encourages projects of all sizes.

Is there a minimum tonnage of waste that will be considered?

No. Return on investment will be a key consideration of the assessment panel and will be measured on a dollar per tonne basis.

Is solvent waste considered organic waste?

No. Solvents are considered hazardous waste and will not be considered under this funding.

Is funding available for projects that divert materials from landfill by creating an alternative, e.g. alternatives to plastic packaging?

No. Funding alternatives to the eligible materials is not one of the objectives of these funds. There are not currently any funding opportunities for this purpose. Subscribe to receive alerts about future grants and funding.

Will funding exclude projects based on stockpiles?

Funding is not intended to focus on projects to recover stockpiles. Projects that have secondary benefits (e.g. potential to support Victoria to process existing stockpiles) will be considered, providing the application demonstrates how it meets the objectives of the program.

Are synthetic textile products covered under the Recycling Modernisation Fund?

Synthetic textiles are not subject to any of the export bans and are therefore not eligible under the Recycling Modernisation Fund.

They are eligible under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund.

What does it mean that “projects must source more than 50% of materials from Victoria”?

This means that at least 50% of the waste feedstock materials that will be processed at your facility must be sourced from Victoria. It does not refer to the materials used to build the facility or equipment.

Are projects eligible for funding if the site has not yet been secured?

Yes. Projects that do not yet have a confirmed site are eligible for funding. However, site selection is a key indication of project readiness, so if you have not yet secured or settled on a site, you will need to detail in your application planned steps to secure a site, and how any risks (e.g. to delivery timeframes) will be managed.

Will research institutions and/or research and development projects be eligible for funding?

Under RVIF Materials, funding is only available for infrastructure projects.

RV-RMF allows for trial projects to increase use of recyclable or recycled materials in manufacturing and/or infrastructure. However, to be eligible for funding, you must be a business, not-for-profit or local government that has existing reprocessing and remanufacturing facilities in Victoria or are proposing a new facility to be located in Victoria. If this does not apply to you, you would need to partner with an eligible organisation with an existing or proposed facility.

Is timber reprocessing eligible for funding under either fund?

No, The RV-RMF is to support the export ban of waste materials (paper, cardboard, plastics glass and tyres) and the RVIF Materials funding is to deliver on the Recycling Victoria – a new economy Policy (RV) outcomes. Timber is not one of the priority materials outlined in the RV policy and is therefore not one of the priority material streams under RVIF Materials. This funding is specifically seeking investment in organics processing infrastructure focused on increasing the recovery of food and garden organics related to the kerbside collection reforms under RV.

Eligible expenditure

Is pre-owned equipment eligible under the funding program or does equipment need to be new?

Yes, pre-owned equipment is eligible for funding. Applicants will need to include with their application evidence that the equipment will not delay the progress of the project and will be commissioned and fully operational by the agreed completion date. Applicants should allow time to order and receive any replacement parts and specialised expertise required. Pre-owned equipment should be functional for the life of the project (at least 15 years). Applicants should include any warrantee or maintenance information in their application.

Is the leasing of equipment eligible expenditure under these funds?

No.

Are the costs of trials to establish the operation of the process; once any equipment has been installed; eligible expenditure?

No, the costs of trials to establish the operation of the process once equipment has been installed is not an eligible expenditure.

Are salary and wage cost for employee’s time directly engage in the project eligible expenditure?

No, ongoing salary and wage costs for existing employees are not eligible project expenditure, even if they are directly engaging in the project.

Is contracted labour an eligible expense?

Yes. Contract labour used to install new plant and equipment is an eligible project expenditure as part of the applicant’s co-contribution.

Application form

We are an Australian company with international ownership. Are we considered a domestic or international applicant? In the related entities section, do we need to list all overseas companies under the same ownership or just the Australian related entities?

If you have an ABN and operate in Australia, you are considered a domestic applicant. Provide details of the Australian Related Entities only and attach the overall corporate structure to your application.

Submitting an application

How long does the application process take?

This depends on the current status and complexity of your project. Filling out the application itself may take a few hours for simple projects. However, you may need additional time to gather the required supporting evidence, especially from other project participants (if applicable).

Generally, we suggest you review the full application at least 3 weeks prior to the application closing date, to gauge how long you will need to complete it to the required standard.

Can we engage consultants to complete or assist with my application?

Yes. You are welcome to engage assistance with your application, including commissioning a consultant. Please ensure the consultant is available to answer any follow up clarifications after the application close date.

Can I submit multiple applications under the same ABN, either at the same site or different sites?

Yes. There is no limit on how many applications can be submitted from the same organisation, or how many projects can be funded for each organisation. A single business can submit more than one application if it has multiple projects that meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants must be able to:

  • demonstrate that each project is separate, with a separate budget and project plan
  • directly attribute processing capacity or capability outcomes to each individual project
  • demonstrate they have the capacity and capability to deliver all proposed projects on the assumption they may all be funded.

Timelines

Can I apply if my project will commence before the required start date?

Projects that have commenced construction before signing the funding agreement are not eligible. However, applicants may commence planning, design and pre-construction activities (e.g. site clearing) prior to the announcement of their application outcome. This is at the applicant’s own financial risk.

Other questions

Will there be future rounds of funding available under these funds?

At this stage there are no specific plans for future rounds. If the current round is undersubscribed, then unallocated funds will be used for another round.

What is the difference between the RV-RMF and the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative and National Manufacturing Priorities?

As part of its Modern Manufacturing Strategy, the Australian Government has identified National Manufacturing Priorities that focus on areas of comparative advantage and strategic importance.

To support these priorities, the recently announced $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) will help relevant Australian manufacturers scale up, collaborate and commercialise. Recycling and Clean Energy manufacture is one of the priority areas. The key differences between the two funds are outlined below. It is possible that manufacturing projects are eligible for both funds. It should be noted that for RV-RMF, funding contributions from other levels of government can not form part of applicants’ co-contribution.

RV-RMF MMI

Projects must address the materials impacted by the national waste export bans (certain categories of paper and cardboard, plastics, glass and tyres). Projects must be infrastructure related but can be for new or upgraded sorting, processing, manufacturing or remanufacturing capability

Projects must be late stage manufacturing, focused on recycling and clean energy (and 5 other priority areas). Any materials are eligible.

Facilities must be located in Victoria and source at least 50% of feedstock from Victorian sources.

Facilities can be located anywhere in Australia.

No caps on grant amount, up to two thirds of eligible project expenditure

Grants of between $1 million to $20 million, up to 50% of the eligible project expenditure.

Program run by Victorian Government, applications are assessed by the Victorian Government, subject to final approval by the Australian Government.

Program run and application assessed by the Australian Government.