$26M funding for new Canberra recycling facility

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An investment of $26 million from both the ACT and Australian Governments will fund the construction of a new recycling facility for Canberra.

The facility will be built on the same site that was extensively damaged by a fire in December 2022, as well as the adjoining block where new technology will expand the capacity to sort and process glass, plastic, paper and cardboard.

The new facility will increase resource recovery by creating higher quality recycled products and reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Minister for City Services, Tara Cheyne said she was pleased work on the new recycling facility will start soon after an extended period without the critical infrastructure.

Funding will allow work to commence with a contract expected to be awarded in the coming months.

It’s one of several projects committed to in the 2024-25 ACT Budget that will support new and upgraded community facilities and infrastructure across the city.

Other initiatives include $950,000 for master planning of upgrades to the Mugga Lane and Hume Resource Management Centres and expansion of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) pilot.

The pilot currently services 5300 households in Belconnen, Bruce, Cook and Macquarie and will have an additional 1150 units added to it.

“With the FOGO pilot proving very popular, and the numbers and types of multi-unit developments growing since its inception, it is timely for us to expand the pilot by more than 20 per cent to learn more insights from these household types,” Cheyne said.

For more information, visit: www.cmtedd.act.gov.au

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