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.
Australia’s waste and recycling industry will be transformed by the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) which will generate over $600 million of recycling investment from Australian Government, state and territory governments and industry investments.
By mid-2024 when the full waste export ban comes into effect, Australia must recycle around 645,000 additional tonnes of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres each year.
Australia must futureproof and resource its domestic waste and recycling sector to deliver the waste reduction and recycling outcomes that the community expects.
More than 10,000 jobs will be created and over 10 million tonnes of waste diverted from landfill.
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.
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.
The funding is available to businesses (including international), not-for-profit organisations and local government.
- 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.
Applications close 7 May 2021.
Current Recipients – Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants
The following Tasmanian businesses were selected from nine applications to the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants program. The Australian Government, through its Recycling Modernisation Fund, provided $5.5 million, which was matched by $5.5 million from the Tasmanian Government. Further matching funding (or better) is being provided by the project applicants, which will result in $20 million being invested into Tasmania’s plastics recycling and remanufacturing.
Timberlink Wood Plastic Composite decking manufacturing facility
Timberlink has been offered a grant of $5.8 million to build a facility to manufacture Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking and other WPC products. This will be only the second plant of its type in Australia and will supply growing demand in the home upgrade market.
Envorinex multi-material recycling facility
Envorinex has been offered $2.1 million to reprocess waste plastic. Products will be made from polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride. 6,400 tonnes of pelletised plastic and/or remanufactured products will be created each year.
Mitchell Plastic Welding Integrated mixed plastic recycling and manufacturing facility
Mitchell Plastic Welding has been offered just over $3 million to develop a waste plastics processing and manufacturing plant. At full capacity, this will be capable of processing 7,200 tonnes of plastic per annum. Initially, waste plastic from the aquaculture sector will be remanufactured back into components for cages.
Note: The figures on plastic processing and remanufacturing provided above are for the facilities when at maximum production, which will take several years to be achieved.