Recycling Modernisation Fund

What is the Recycling Modernisation Fund?

The Recycling Modernisation Fund is an initiative to support investment in new infrastructure to sort, process and remanufacture materials such as mixed plastic, paper, tyres and glass.



The Recycling Modernisation Fund is an Australian Government initiative that is investing over $190 million to expand Australia’s capacity to sort, process and remanufacture recycled materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard, tyres and glass. The fund will assist Australia to respond to the waste export ban.

An additional round of funding under the Recycling Modernisation Fund has also been made available to address waste infrastructure gaps in regional and remote areas of Australia. This funding will increase the sorting, processing, and manufacturing or remanufacturing capacity of regional and remote locations.

The Recycling Modernisation Fund is being distributed by state and territory governments. Funding allocated to Victoria from the Recycling Modernisation Fund will be delivered via the Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund (RV-RMF).



The Australian Government will invest $190 million into the Recycling Modernisation Fund. This will leverage over $600 million of recycling infrastructure investment and drive a billion-dollar transformation of Australia’s waste and recycling capacity.

Funding is provided to the states and territories through the National Partnership on Recycling Infrastructure.

The allocation of funding to specific projects is the responsibility of state and territory governments, who will assess their jurisdiction’s major gaps in local reprocessing capacity.


Eligible Projects

The Recycling Modernisation Fund will provide funding for infrastructure projects that address the specific national waste export bans for:

  • mixed plastics that are not of a single resin/polymer type and/or further sorting, cleaning and processing is required before use in re-manufacturing
  • single resin/polymer plastics that have not been re-processed (e.g. cleaned and baled PET bottles)
  • mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard
  • unprocessed glass, in a whole or broken state (both formed packaging and flat sheet glass)
  • all whole used tyres, including baled tyres, but not including bus, truck and aviation tyres exported for re-treading to a verified re-treading facility.


Eligible Applicants

The funding is available to businesses (including international), not-for-profit organisations and local government.

Applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN), or have a joint venture partner with one, or commits to establish an Australian Pty Ltd company prior to entering into a funding agreement
  • be a business, not-for-profit or local government that has existing reprocessing and remanufacturing facilities or are proposing a new facility
  • 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 funding agreement:
    • For grants $50,000 or less read the Short-form grant funding agreement.
    • For grants more than $50,000 read the General grant funding agreement.

The program encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.


More Information


Round 2 Recipients

Circular Plastics Australia (PET) VIC Pty Ltd

Project: Victorian PET Recycling Plant

Funding: $6,000,000

Description: Circular Plastics Australia (PET) VIC Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Asahi Beverages, Pact Group and Cleanaway will establish a PET recycling plant in Melbourne to recycle up to 26,000 tonnes of collected used plastic bottles into rPET pellets each year, for use within Coca-Cola, Asahi Beverages and Pact Group’s own packaging.

Corex Recycling Pty Ltd

Project: Project Succeed

Funding: $286,746.66

Description: The funding will be used for new processing equipment to process difficult-to-recycle plastics (such as coat hangers and car bumper bars) for remanufacturing.

Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd

Project: Fulton Hogan Lara Glass Processing Hub

Funding: $740,000

Description: Fulton Hogan will create a new regional glass processing hub at their Lara Asphalt Plant, which will recycle glass for use in local roads.

Garden City Planters Pty Ltd

Project: Upgrade and expansion of plastic product manufacturing

Funding: $5,315,975

Description: The funding will be used to expand Garden City Planters’ Dandenong facility, with the installation of new equipment which will increase the use of recycled plastic in their production of plant pots.

J. J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd

Project: Wangaratta and Bendigo materials recovery facility (MRF) upgrades

Funding: $225,350

Description: J.J. Richards’ MRFs in Bendigo and Wangaratta will be upgraded, including by installing glass decontamination equipment to enable the use of recycled glass in constructing local roads.

Kantfield Pty Ltd (Martogg & Company)

Project: Martogg Hot Wash Flake plant

Funding: $6,000,000

Description: Martogg will establish a new plant that will take 24,700 tonnes of mixed plastic each year and create food grade plastics that will be turned into new plastic packaging.

Plasgain Pty Ltd

Project: Waste plastic to corrugated pipe project

Funding: $251,064

Description: New manufacturing equipment will be purchased to produce corrugated pipe from recycled plastic.

Pro-Pac Group Pty Ltd (Integrated Recycling)

Project: Production line for recycling plastic sleepers

Funding: $1,669,857.14

Description: A modular production line will be installed at Integrated Recycling’s Mildura facility. This will enable waste plastic to be recycled into Duratrack plastic railway sleepers.

Polymer Processors Pty Ltd

Project: Expansion of plastics reprocessing facility

Funding: $9,708,487

Description: The project will increase Polymer Processors’ capacity to reprocess hard and soft post-consumer plastics into pellets for manufacturing.

Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd

Project: Advanced Polymer Feedstock

Funding: $735,000

Description: The funding will be used to increase capacity to process post-consumer soft plastics into a stone aggregate replacement called Polyrok. Polyrok is used for freeway sound walls, carparks, pathways and kerbs.

Tyrecycle Pty Ltd

Project: Tyre recycling capacity upgrade (Stage 2)

Funding: $3,699,670

Description: Tyrecycle’s Somerton facility will be expanded by installing equipment to increase shredding capacity by up to 23,000 tonnes per annum.


Round 1 Recipients

Cleanaway Pty Ltd

Project: Post-consumer plastics reprocessing plant: An end-to-end solution

Funding: $3,000,000

Description: The funding will be used to build a facility capable of processing 20,000 tonnes of plastic per annum.

GT Recycling Unit Trust

Project: Flexible Plastic Capacity and Technology Upgrade Project

Funding: $3,000,000

Description: The funding will be used to expand their plastics recycling facility in Geelong to reprocess an additional 8,000 tonnes of plastic, including soft plastics, per annum.

Mildura Rural City Council

Project: Mildura Glass Sorting and Processing Facility

Funding: $228,750

Description: The funding will be used to construct a regional sorting and glass processing facility with the capacity to process 5,300 tonnes of kerbside materials per annum.

Repurpose It

Project: Plant Capacity Optimisation – Waste Glass Recovery

Funding: $400,000

Description: Processing capacity at Repurpose It’s existing Epping plant will be increased with the funding used to install an additional centrifuge and material storage bunker.

Socobell O.E.M Pty Ltd

Project: CLEVA POD Recycled Plastic Void Former System for Concrete Foundations

Funding: $847,961

Description: The funding will be used to install a patented new CLEVA POD void forming system, which creates concrete slab foundations made from 100% recycled plastic – which will be marketed to the construction industry.

Vinidex Pty Ltd

Project: Resource Recovery for Plastics Pipes

Funding: $155,045

Description: Vinidex will use the funding to install infrastructure which will process recovered polymers to create new pipe products.

Wheelie Waste Pty Ltd

Project: Wheelie Waste Warrnambool Recycling Facility

Funding: $481,800

Description: A new facility will be constructed with the funding, which will sort and process glass as well as bale paper and plastic for transport.

Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd

Project: Project Zepplin

Funding: $24,000,000

Description: The funding will be used to install advanced Drum Pulping technology to recycle 95,000 tonnes of mixed kerbside paper each year.


Latest News

21 March 2022 – $60 million worth of new federal grants for advanced plastics technology

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce the funding stream as a federal budget measure on Monday. The money will be used to increase plastic packaging recycling from 16 per cent to 70 per cent by 2025, growing its Recycling Modernisation Fund to $250 million.

The nation is on track to recycle only 36 per cent of its plastics annually by 2025 deadline. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud will also announce tax benefits for farmers who generate revenue from the sale of carbon credits and biodiversity certificates.

Farmers will be able to access income tax averaging arrangements and the Farm Management Deposit scheme under a new tax regime. The changes are expected to deliver $100 million to farmers’ bottom lines over the next four years, Treasurer Peter Littleproud says.


21 February 2022 – New recycling plant at Katherine part of $11m federal recycling investment

A $7.2 million Materials Recovery Facility will soon be built in Katherine. The facility will sort, process, and re-manufacture materials such as mixed plastic, paper, tyres and glass. It is part of the Federal Government’s $1 billion program to overhaul Australia’s waste and recycling industries.

Under the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF), the NT and Australian governments will co-invest $11 million into the new recycling infrastructure in the Northern Territory. The $7.2 million will go to the facility and the remaining $3.8 million will fund a grants program, focusing on new recycling and recovery infrastructure Environment Minister Eva Lawler said.


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