Grants support Tasmania’s smaller waste operators

Tasmania waste grants

The Tasmanian Government is providing up to $1 million in grants for the state’s smaller waste operators to help them to report waste data from July 2024.

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, announced the successful applicants for the Waste Data Readiness Grant Program at the Wynyard Waste Transfer Station on 16 January.

“The grant program, made available through the Circular Economy Fund, is to assist smaller resource recovery operators with the cost of modifying business systems and infrastructure to support a better understanding of waste streams statewide,” Jaensch said.

“This assistance means smaller resource recovery operators like Waratah-Wynyard Council will be able to gain a better understanding of waste streams coming through their centres, which will support future recycling and reuse in Tasmania’s developing circular economy.”

Operators will use the grants for facility upgrades, including tollbooth, weighing and IT infrastructure, software upgrades, and building works.

Jaensch said these works would improve the ability to classify material and to be able to report on the amount of each material type, in compliance with the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022.

The program provides grants for eligible smaller-scale resource recovery facilities, with the 11 successful applicants receiving collectively $290,000 in funds.

The successful applicants are: Circular Head Council, Huon Valley Council, JHRC Group Pty Ltd, Kentish Council, Kingborough Waste Services Pty Ltd, King Island Council, Latrobe Council, Meander Valley Council, Northern Midlands Council, Spectran Environmental Management Pty Ltd and Waratah Wynyard Council.

An allocation of $1 million each year for two years was committed by the government from the Circular Economy Fund, to support landfill and resource recovery facilities to comply with the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022.

More than $725,000 has been provided to 16 larger operators to improve data capture. The latest round of funding brings the total grants provided to $1,015,855.

For more information, visit: www. premier.tas.gov.au

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