Investing in a sustainable packaging future

Published: 27 October 2020

We are excited to announce 17 Victorian businesses have received more than $560,000 in total in funding to make packaging more sustainable. This is thanks to the Investment Support Grants we delivered on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The grants support small to medium sized businesses, not-for-profits and social enterprises to invest in projects that reduce, recover and reuse packaging materials such as plastics, paper and cardboard.

It is expected that the 17 recipients will divert an additional 5,669 tonnes of plastic, paper and glass from landfill per year through the grants.

Family-owned business, Happy Planet Toys was awarded $35,000. They are manufacturing a fully recyclable toy product made from recycled milk bottles.

Bulk food store, Graina, will receive $50,000 to transform its grocery home delivery service into a circular economy business model where containers are collected and refilled.

These are just examples of the exciting projects. Read about all of them on our website >.

Packaging paving a circular economy

Packaging provides a number of important functions such as keeping food fresh. But we need to rethink what materials we use, how much we use and how we recycle these important resources.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s 2019 baseline data report found that Victoria sends about 600,000 tonnes of packaging waste to landfill each year; a valuable resource that could be recycled and used again.

That’s why programs like the Investment Support Grants are crucial. These grants help businesses redesign their operating model and practices to build a stronger circular economy; to make less, waste less and recycle more.

Businesses are embracing the shift to a circular economy, demonstrated by the overwhelming response we received from this grant program.

These grants align with Recycling Victoria, a 10-year policy and action plan that will transform Victoria’s waste and recycling system and strengthen the circular economy. The policy will invest more than $300 million to transform the state’s recycling sector, create jobs and set Victoria up for a more sustainable future.