Call 1300 658 508
What is the Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste Stream?
The Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste Stream is an initiative which aims to support projects that transform hazardous waste into valuable resources.
The Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste Stream is an initiative established to address the challenges posed by hazardous waste materials. Its primary objective is to facilitate the transition towards a circular economy by supporting projects that convert hazardous waste into valuable resources, simultaneously minimizing environmental harm and maximizing economic potential.
The objective of the Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste Stream is to support projects that achieve the following outcomes:
- Diversion of wastes from Category B landfill disposal: The fund aims to facilitate projects that effectively divert hazardous wastes from Category B landfill disposal, thereby reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimising environmental impact.
- Increased diversion of low-level contaminated soils from landfill disposal: The fund seeks to promote projects that enhance the diversion of low-level contaminated soils from landfill disposal. By finding alternative solutions for these soils, such as treatment or remediation, the fund aims to reduce reliance on landfills and promote sustainable soil management practices.
- Increased recovery of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling, or energy recovery: The fund supports projects that focus on increasing the recovery of hazardous wastes, ensuring their proper reuse, recycling, or energy recovery. By maximising the value and potential of these wastes, the fund contributes to resource conservation and reduces the need for raw materials extraction.
- Improved management of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling, or energy recovery: The fund aims to facilitate projects that improve the overall management practices of hazardous wastes, with a focus on their reuse, recycling, or energy recovery. This includes the development of innovative technologies, infrastructure, and processes that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of waste management.
Call 1300 658 508
There is no funding cap per project. Total available grant funding for Round 3 is $4,500,000.
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN), or have a joint venture partner with one, or commits to establish an Australian company prior to commencing project
- be a business or local government that has existing hazardous waste facilities in Victoria, or are proposing a new facility to be located in Victoria
- have been operating in Australia or internationally for a minimum of 12 months by the application closing date
- meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirements
- agree to comply with the Terms of Participation in Grant Programs
- agree to comply with the Short form funding agreement for funding of $50,000 or less, or the General Funding agreement for funding more than $50,000.
Applicants and project participants must:
- demonstrate financial capability to undertake the project
- have met program and project timelines in previous Sustainability Victoria funding rounds
- not have failed to address an environmental or safety breach
- not have a breach not yet resolved
- meet due diligence requirements
- not have a current industrial relations investigation or prosecution.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses are encourage to apply.
Call 1300 658 508
Applications close 25 July 2023.
Round 2 Recipients
Project: PFAS treatment plant using ozofractionation technology
Cleanaway, an Australian waste management company, is set to construct an ozofractionation plant at their Campbellfield location. The purpose of this plant is to treat water contaminated with PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a group of persistent chemicals known for their environmental durability and potential harm to humans and animals.
Project: Reactor for safe disposal of end-of-life chemicals
Cleanaway will build a new Toxshield Reactor at their Laverton North site to enable the safe disposal of highly reactive, end-of-life chemicals.
Project: Contaminated soil washing technology
EarthSure (a joint venture between Ventia and Veolia) will relocate a soil washing plant as a supplementary treatment option on their existing waste management site in Dandenong South. The soil washing plant will transform contaminated soils into beneficial reuse products.
Project: Hazardous liquid waste processing plant upgrade
Veolia will replace and upgrade their existing liquid waste plant in Brooklyn with a more efficient, modern and automated plant. It is estimated that the new plant will increase the system capacity by at least 20%.