Up to $500,000 is available from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund to support infrastructure development projects which improve the collection and processing of recycled materials.
Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund
The $7 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund aims to support the development of infrastructure which improves the collection and processing of recycled materials. The program seeks innovative projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery industry while also increasing the recovery of priority materials.
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is part of the State Government waste and resource recovery portfolio’s $21 million Jobs and Innovation in Resource Recovery funding package. SV’s research indicates that government intervention is required to facilitate the additional investment necessary to achieve a higher level of recovery for certain (priority) materials. Whilst SV has programs to address a range of barriers to investment, initial capital costs remain a barrier.
The Victorian Government is committed to increasing Victoria’s recovery rate and reduce reliance on landfills. Additional infrastructure for priority materials will be necessary, including rigid and flexible plastics, and food and garden organics. In addition, the government has committed to implementing an e-waste landfill ban. Infrastructure support will be required to achieve this ban. Furthermore, the MWRRIP has recently been released and identifies infrastructure needs.
Round 1 has up to $4 million in grants available. Metropolitan councils and private enterprises are able to apply for Round 1 funding of between $40,000 and $500,000 for infrastructure development. Infrastructure can be for collection, sorting or processing.
Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund Projects that will be funded must meet the following criteria:
- must align to the State wide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan goals and directions (www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/ our-priorities/statewide-waste-planning/2015-2020-priorities/ statewide-waste-and-resource-recovery-infrastructure-plan)
- must align to and support implementation of the MWRRIP (https://www.mwrrg.vic.gov.au/about-us/strategic-framework/ the-metropolitan-waste-and-resource-recovery-implementationplan/)
- must address recovery (not disposal) infrastructure – as measured by tonnes recovered and/or reduction in risk to public health/ environment, including prioritising priority materials; organics, flexible and rigid plastics and e-waste
- the extent to which it will achieve measurable change by 30 June 2020
- the extent to which it leverages investment (private or local government)
- address a demonstrated need or barrier
- address demonstrate best practices and/or innovation
- the extent to which it will strengthen the competitiveness in Victoria’s resource recovery sector
To be eligible for Resource Recovery Infrastructure Funding, applicants must:
- be a metropolitan council or a business servicing the metropolitan area
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- meet the minimum co-contribution requirement of the fund
- have not had any Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover Authority violations in the past five years, or if the applicant has any violations:
- the violations were not serious
- the violations have been satisfactorily resolved
- the applicant has made appropriate efforts, including implementing management systems, to ensure the violation is not repeated
- since the violation, the applicant has had a satisfactory level of compliance with environmental and Victorian WorkCover Authority legislation.
- agree to comply with SV’s Terms and Conditions.
- agree to comply with the Terms of Participation in Grant Program
Successful Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund applicants must:
- deliver the project as outlined in their application
- monitor and evaluate the project as appropriate
- provide facilities with appropriate security
- collect and release data on the project, and participate in project evaluation conducted by SV for up to five years
- participate in and contribute to case studies that may be published about the funded projects
- provide evidence that Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) issues are addressed
- provide suitable training for operational staff in line with changing requirements from new infrastructure
- meet the minimum co-contribution requirement of the fund.
Applications for Round 1 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund close 31 March 2017.
Round 2 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund, which will support non-metropolitan projects, is expected to be released in 2017.