Funding boost For regional waste initiatives

The Victorian Government has announced round two of funding of its Resource Recovery Infrastructure Grant.

It includes $5 million to go towards regional initiatives, helping businesses and local government expand their operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill.

Sustainability Victoria is overseeing the grants, including the 14 projects from round one, all of them managing waste from metropolitan Melbourne.

One project turns plastic bags into products such as park benches, decks and bridges; another will use a washing facility to treat problematic materials; another to recover organic food waste with the help of dehydration units – all will reduce landfill by over 200,000 tonnes a year and create 90 new jobs in Victoria.