Reduction of packaging waste grants announced

Published: 25 August 2021

Sustainability Victoria has announced further grants of up to $50,000 for organisations to pursue packaging waste reduction and recovery opportunities.

Following a successful round one, round 2 of Investment Support Grants - Packaging (ISGP) is now open for applications, with preference for projects that create new products using packaging waste.

The grants provide up to $50,000 for small to medium businesses, not for profit organisations and social enterprises to pursue packaging waste reduction and recovery opportunities. Grants between $10,000 to $50,000 ($1:$1 co-contribution) are available. A total of $481,139 in funding is available.

Grant applications close 11:59 pm, 30 September 2021.

Recapping round one

We received an overwhelming response to round 1 of the grant program, showing how enthusiastic Victorian organisations are about making packaging more sustainable and contributing to a circular economy.

Round one opened in March 2020 and was paused in July 2020 due to the significant demand. In round 1, 17 organisations were awarded more than $560,000 in total, with the expectation of 52 full-time equivalent roles created and 5,669 tonnes of plastic, paper and glass diverted from landfill in Victoria.

Previous grant recipients have included family-owned business Happy Planet Toys who were awarded funding to manufacture a fully recyclable toy product made from recycled milk bottles.

Sa’pere Drinks received funding to create a reusable glass bottle system for pubs and clubs, allowing Sa’pere to reduce waste to landfill.

See the full list of round one recipients.

Funding

These grants align with Recycling Victoria, the Victorian Government’s policy and action plan to transform Victoria’s waste and recycling system and strengthen the circular economy.