South Australia’s recycling industry is set to receive its biggest ever investment with eight new projects worth $111 million being announced.
The projects will create hundreds of jobs, with $35.2 million of joint state funding and Federal funding.
The project will increase the state’s ability to process waste in the wake of harsher bans on the export of plastic waste, paper, and other recyclable materials.
The projects include a $12 million wastepaper and cardboard recycling plant in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, a $24 million material resource facility in the southern suburbs and a new $19 million glass processing plant just outside of Gawler.
The eight new projects are set to create more than 500 jobs and will divert 205,000 tonnes of waste resources.
Federal Minister for Environment, Sussan Ley, said the projects will also help to create a more sustainable approach to operations within the state.
“By mid-2024, when Australia’s full waste export ban comes into effect, Australia will need to recycle 378,000 tonnes of mixed waste paper and cardboard each year – the same weight as a quarter of a million cars,” she said.
The announcement brings the total investment within the state to $115.6 million, following the previously announced $4.6 million for co-investments from the South Australian Government.
The Australian Government’s $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund investment, and measures to support Australia’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, will create approximately 10,000 new jobs all around Australia over the next 10 years.