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Grants to help councils reduce waste

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Council projects that create local jobs, reduce waste and increase recycling have secured state government grants.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said more than $630,000 will be shared between 30 councils for the projects which include reuse shops, new organics processing facilities and construction materials made of recycled materials.

Almost half the projects to receive funding involve councils working together to amplify their impact.

Six regional councils will work together to recirculate materials into existing Central Victorian industries and identify key unmet economic opportunities in the region. Nine inner-city Melbourne councils will create a business case for a shared organics processing facility, to pave the way for new compost collection services.

The councils have also received funding to develop a business case for a glass recycling facility.

The City of Casey will work alongside RMIT and not-for-profit organisation Circular Economy Victoria on a feasibility study into local substitutes for polystyrene waffle pods, commonly used in building and construction. Working with local developers and builders, the project will test waffle pod alternatives made from recycled material.

Nillumbik Council will investigate establishing a ‘Library of Things’ where local residents could borrow items such as tools, audio-visual equipment, electronics, kitchen items, musical instruments, sporting and camping gear and gardening tools.

“We’re supporting local councils with new ideas on how we can cut back waste, protecting the environment and creating local jobs,” D’Ambrosio said. “We’ve invested more than ever before in our state’s waste and recycling system and we’re working together to provide practical solutions that will benefit more communities and residents.”

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