The Western Australian Government is calling for expressions of interest for grants to help boost processing capacity for the state’s 80,000 tonnes of mixed paper and cardboard waste.
Mixed paper and cardboard will be subject to COAG’s export ban commencing on July 1, 2024.
As part of the national response to the ban, the Federal Government is asking industry and state and territory governments to work together to bring forward project proposals that deliver a national solution for mixed-paper recycling in Australia.
“We are seeking industry proposals for increasing capacity for processing mixed paper and cardboard, and look forward to working with the Federal Government on proposals that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable domestic market,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
According to Dawson, the export ban on paper and cardboard opens up new opportunities to explore local processing of recycled materials.
“It is important that the state government considers all proposals that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable domestic market for mixed paper and cardboard collection, reprocessing and sale,” he said.
Funding may be made available from the state government and matched by the Federal Government for one or more selected projects.
Expressions of interest close 27 July.