Up to $500,000 is available from Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants to help recycling industry transition to new market after China’s decision to stop imports of low-quality mixed recyclables.
Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants
The Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants aim to support Victoria’s resource recovery sector to rapidly improve its capability and capacity to recover and reprocess plastics, paper and cardboard (PPC) waste to a commercial grade, enabling supply to more local and international markets.
China’s implementation of the ‘Blue Sky’ (formerly ‘National Sword’) policy has imposed increasingly stringent requirements and quotas for waste imports. These changes have had a dramatic and immediate impact on Victorian kerbside comingled recyclable collections leading to acute challenges for councils and the local resource recovery industry.
On Tuesday 3 April, Sustainability Victoria announced the $1 million Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants. These are a component of the $13 million support package for councils and the recycling industry announced by Minister D’Ambrosio on 23 February 2018.
Grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 are available on a 1:1 funding ratio to Victorian-based projects that recover, handle and process plastics, paper and cardboard waste.
Funding will be available for:
- infrastructure, equipment and process upgrades at material recovery facilities (MRFs) to support greater sorting and decontamination of PPC waste
- infrastructure and equipment upgrades to reprocess PPC waste (e.g. shred, wash, granulate, flake, pelletise) to a commercial grade to supply domestic manufacturers and export markets
- storage and consolidation infrastructure (e.g. sheds, temporary cover) to allow for the short-term and safe storage of recovered PPC waste, that:
- stores PPC waste materials for no more than 12 months; and
- has a demonstrated path to reprocessing into commercial grade product.
Recovery and reprocessing operators are encouraged to apply, including those wholly or part-owned by local government authorities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.
Applications will be assessed on a month-to-month basis, and accepted until 6pm on the 8th of each month. The first round is accepting applications from Monday 9 April until Tuesday 8 May 2018.
The due dates for applications are:
- 8 May 2018
- 8 June 2018
- 8 July 2018
- 8 August 2018
- 8 September 2018
The Andrews Labor Government will provide more than $1.1 million to fast-track industry-upgrade projects in Victoria’s recycling sector.
Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that three recycling companies would share in the funding to help improve the quality of processed materials.
The Recycling Industry Transition Support fund is designed to boost the sector’s capacity to capture and reprocess plastics, paper and cardboard waste to a commercial grade acceptable to local and international markets.
Tambo Waste in Bairnsdale will receive a $130,000 grant to upgrade equipment, lift annual production by 800 tonnes and to enable future expansion by another 5,000 tonnes a year.
The project will create jobs, reduce contamination in processed plastic, paper and cardboard, and lift material to a commercially acceptable grade for local and international markets.
Australian Paper Recovery at Dandenong South will receive $475,000 as part of a $1.2 million equipment upgrade that will include new waste paper sorting and compaction equipment.
Polymer Processors, Braeside will receive a $500,000 grant to support a $3.2 million upgrade, allowing the company to purchase new plastic washing equipment and accept a wider range of plastics.
The grant will also support an upgrade of wastewater treatment and increase processing capacity of plastics by 800 kilograms per hour, giving manufacturers alternatives to virgin materials.
The funding follows more than $1 million provided in February as part of a $13 million package to help councils and the recycling sector.
Applications are now open for the next round of the Research, Development and Demonstration grants, another program to help boost Victoria’s recycling industry.