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State fast-tracks recycled plastic sleepers

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The Victorian State Government is investing in technology to repurpose recycled plastic into railway sleepers.

Integrated Recycling will receive $1.6 million in funding for its Mildura plant, to produce Duratrack railway sleepers made from 85 per cent recycled plastic.

The funds will be used to install a new production line for the railway sleepers, allowing the company to process 1600 more tonnes of plastic and produce up to 35,000 sleepers each year.

Lily D’Ambrosio, State Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, said ongoing investment in recycling infrastructure was key to reducing waste, supporting new industries, and maximising use of the state’s resources.

“Transforming plastic waste into railway sleepers is a great example of the innovation we are encouraging in our waste and recycling industries,” she said.

The funding comes as part of the State Government’s $71.9 million Recycling Modernisation Fund, which has been co-funded with the Federal Government.

Mark Gepp, State Member for Northern Victoria, was pleased to see regional Victoria leading the way in the recycling industry.

“Our regional facilities are the building blocks for a robust recycling network that will help us recycle more of our waste in regional Victoria, supporting the creation of regional circular economies and jobs,” he said.

Duratrack railway sleepers are already being used across Victoria’s rail network, including Richmond Station, Tottenham Station and Wyndham Vale stabling yard.

For more information on the Recycling Modernisation Fund, visit:

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