The Queensland Government has awarded a $1.3 million grant to Envorinex to build a new plastic recycling facility in Toowoomba.
The facility will process rigid plastics from the agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and industrial industries into plastic pellets to then be remanufactured and recycled.
Envorinex Managing Director and Co-founder Jenny Brown said the new facility will process plastic waste and use the raw materials to manufacture products that can be used both locally and within the state.
“Our main focus is to ensure that whatever products we manufacture can be returned and recycled again,” she said.
According to Queensland Treasurer and Investment Minister Cameron Dick, the project will bring 30 new jobs to Toowoomba and keep nearly 8000 tonnes of waste out of landfill each year.
“Envorinex will use this grant to build a $3.9 million facility in Toowoomba and establish a plastic waste recovery, processing and remanufacturing operation in the region,” he said.
“As anyone who visits their local tip on the weekend can tell you, there are up to three times as many jobs in recycling and resource recovery as there are in landfill.
“As we work to unite and recover, it’s important to invest in industries that will deliver significant benefits to our local communities.”
Dick added that Envorinex is one of 29 companies to share in $34 million under the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program.
“These 29 projects will see 362 new jobs created and attract more than $193 million in capital investment,” he said.
“They will also divert 1.3 million tonnes of waste from landfill, 11 per cent of the 11.04 million tonnes of waste generated in 2018-19.
“The resource recovery industry directly contributes $830 million to the economy and these grants will help continue to grow the industry.”