The Federal and Victorian Governments are turbo-charging Victoria’s recycling infrastructure, with a major investment that will double the state’s domestic glass recycling capacity, increase its plastic recycling by 40 per cent and create 350 jobs.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, Victorian Senator Jane Hume and Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday announced $8.1 million in first round funding for seven glass and plastics projects under a joint $46 million recycling infrastructure initiative.
The projects, worth $58.7 million in total, will process 205,000 tonnes of glass and 23,000 tonnes of plastic every year.
“Our investment in this new infrastructure is a big step in the right direction, generating more local jobs and new value from what would otherwise be waste,” D’Ambrosio said.
“It means more jars, bottles and fibreglass made of recycled glass and plastic, which will also be used to build new roads and footpaths throughout Victoria.”
The projects include a new metropolitan processing plant that will accept 140,000 tonnes of glass each year, a regional facility to separate glass kerbside co-mingled material, and equipment to produce a new patented system for concrete slab foundations made from 100 per cent recycled plastic – processing 1655 tonnes of plastic each year.
“The projects are the first tranche of a $46 million co-investment between the two governments under the Federal Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund,” Ley said.
“The Federal Government is transforming Australia’s waste and recycling industry, and I congratulate Victoria for its role in what will be a $1 billion transformation of Australia’s recycling industry.”
A further $38 million of RMF co-funding with Victoria will be available through a new round under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund, which will open for applications 22 March.
• Project: Post-consumer plastics reprocessing plant: An end-to-end solution
• Funding: $3,000,000
The funding will be used to build a facility capable of processing 20,000 tonnes of plastic per annum.
• Project: Victoria Closed Loop Glass Beneficiation
• Funding: $3,000,000
Cleanaway will build a facility which will have the capacity to process 140,000 tonnes of glass per annum.
Mildura Rural City Council
• Project: Mildura Glass Sorting and Processing Facility
• Funding: $228,750
The funding will be used to construct a regional glass sorting and processing facility with the capacity to process 7500 tonnes of kerbside glass per annum.
• Project: Plant Capacity Optimisation – Waste Glass Recovery
• Funding: $400,000
Processing capacity at Repurpose It’s existing Epping plant will be increased with the funding used to install an additional centrifuge and material storage bunker.
• Project: CLEVA POD Recycled Plastic Void Former System for Concrete Foundations
• Funding: $847,961
The funding will be used to install a patented new CLEVA POD void forming system, which creates concrete slab foundations made from 100 per cent recycled plastic – which will be marketed to the construction industry.
• Project: Resource Recovery for Plastics Pipes
• Funding: $155,045
Vinidex will use the funding to install infrastructure which will process recovered polymers to create new pipe products.
• Project: Wheelie Waste Warrnambool Recycling Facility
• Funding: $481,800
A new facility will be constructed with the funding, which will sort and process glass as well as bale paper and plastic for transport.