The Victorian Government is giving innovators $4.4 million to create everyday products from reusable waste, while getting those ideas out of the lab and into the market with a new round of recycling infrastructure grants.
Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has announced 19 projects that will share in $2.6 million to support the innovative use of recycled materials in infrastructure projects, delivered by local councils and alpine resort management boards.
“Together these 19 projects will support 338 new jobs and use approximately 2000 tonnes of recycled materials, including glass, plastic and rubber, to create roads, footpaths, outdoor park furniture, drainage and pavements,” she said.
Among the successful councils is the City of Darebin, which has secured $300,000 to upgrade the KP Hardiman Hockey Field using recycled material.
As part of the redevelopment, recycled glass will be used in new concrete pathways, recycled plastic will become asphalt, and outdoor furniture and shockpads installed under artificial turf will be made from rubber tyres.
“We’re reshaping our waste and recycling industry, driving job creation and putting valuable materials back into the economy,” D’Ambrosio said.
“Projects like this give old tyres and old materials a new life. This kind of innovation creates endless business opportunities and jobs.”
The state government has also launched the $1.8 million Research and Development Fund, which aims to further increase the use of recycled materials by supporting innovation and product development.
Grants of between $75,000 and $300,000 are available to support research institutes and industry to develop new products made from recycled materials including plastic, paper, cardboard, glass and tyres.
“These grants will see more recycled materials used in local community spaces and the development of exciting products that we are yet to discover, helping to create local jobs in new industries,” D’Ambrosio said.