Sustainability Victoria is offering further grants of up to $50,000 for organisations to pursue packaging waste reduction and recovery opportunities.
Round two of Investment Support Grants – Packaging (ISGP) is open for applications, with preference for projects that create new products using packaging waste.
Grant applications close 11.59pm, 30 September.
Grants between $10,000 to $50,000, with a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution, are available from a total funding pool of $481,139 for small to medium businesses, not for profit organisations and social enterprises.
Sustainability Victoria says an overwhelming response to round one of the grants shows the enthusiasm of Victorian organisations to make packaging more sustainable and contribute to a circular economy.
Round one opened in March 2020 and was paused in July 2020 because of significant demand. Seventeen organisations were awarded more than $560,000 in total, with the expectation of 52 full-time equivalent roles created and 5669 tonnes of plastic, paper and glass diverted from landfill in Victoria.
Family-owned business Happy Planet Toys was awarded funding to manufacture a fully recyclable toy product made from recycled milk bottles.
Sa’pere Drinks received funding to create a reusable glass bottle system for pubs and clubs, allowing Sa’pere to reduce waste to landfill.
Sustainability Victoria says the grants align with Recycling Victoria, the Victorian government’s policy and action plan to transform the state’s waste and recycling system and strengthen the circular economy.