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More than $700,000 awarded through NSW Circulate Program

A total of $731,300 has been awarded to seven projects through the NSW Government’s Circulate Program.

EPA NSW Director Circular Economy Programs Kathy Giunta said the funding supports NSW businesses that are innovating and finding new ways to recycle and repurpose materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Among the grants is $134,500 awarded to Newcastle-based recycling project A Plastic Blueprint, which gives businesses the tools to run their own soft plastic reduction and recycling programs.

“This is the circular economy in action and displays how NSW businesses are innovating by finding new and exciting uses for plastic waste,” Giunta said.

“We all want to see waste plastic recycled or repurposed so it doesn’t end up in landfill and projects like this – supported by the NSW Government – are helping achieve that goal.”

The Circulate Program is part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative, the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia, managed by the NSW EPA.

“The innovation shown by the projects receiving funding is remarkable and shows the success we can have in growing the circular economy,” Giunta said.

“Other projects will promote glass recycling, repurpose old textiles and help reduce food going to landfill.”

Under the Waste Less, Recycle More extension, a total of $2.5 million in funding was allocated to the Circulate Program.

Since 2015, the program has diverted more than 73,000 tonnes of commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste from landfill.

Yume Food has been awarded $100,000 to extend its online marketplace, which connects suppliers of quality surplus food with buyers. Edible food will be repurposed, providing a permanent diversion of food waste from landfill.

Circular Centre, a textile waste service, has received $150,000 to expand its project, which provides a value chain of partnerships that capture, sort, dismantle and repurpose denim and PPE textiles many times over.

Additional funded projects include $146,000 to Valera Recycling to boost its processing of 600 tonnes of contaminated hard plastics, and $80,000 to WildBlueGlobal Consulting.

Working with a major vegetable grower, the WildBlueGlobal project will involve the recycling of rockwool growing medium and plastic packaging from hydroponic cropping.

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