What is the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund?

The Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund is designed to assist businesses to improve the quality of materials recovered and increase the capacity and capability of Victoria’s resource recovery sector.

The Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund commits new funding to target infrastructure for priority materials, such as paper and cardboard, plastic, glass and hazardous solvent waste.

 

Background

The Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund will help strengthen the local resource recovery sector by:

  • increasing resilience to changing market conditions for recycled commodities
  • helping businesses prepare for a Federal Government ban on exporting recyclable materials
  • maximising opportunity to build local industries and create jobs.

 

Funding

Grants available under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund are:

  • Hazardous waste (solvents) grants
    • Grants are available to support businesses to implement eligible projects up to 25% total project capital cost, capped at $6 million per project.
  • Materials (paper and cardboard, plastic, glass) grants
    • Paper and cardboard – Up to 25% of total project capital cost, capped at $8 million per project.
    • Plastics – Up to 25% of total project capital cost, capped at $3 million per project.
    • Glass – Up to 25% of total project capital cost, capped at $3 million per project.

 

Eligible Projects

Hazardous waste (solvents) grants – Grants will be provided for infrastructure projects focused on recycling solvents from liquid hazardous wastes, including the management of associated secondary wastes.

Infrastructure projects may include:

  • infrastructure capital costs for the purchase, installation and commissioning of equipment
  • pre-construction activities such as site clearing, earthworks or site accessibility works directly associated with the installation of new equipment
  • construction or modification of buildings to house new equipment.

Materials (paper and cardboard, plastic, glass) grants – Grants will be provided for infrastructure projects focused on reprocessing, remanufacturing and end-market capacity for mixed paper and cardboard, plastics and glass.

Infrastructure projects may include:

  • infrastructure and equipment for new facilities, upgrades or expansions to support greater sorting and decontamination of recovered priority materials: paper and cardboard, plastic and glass
  • infrastructure and equipment for new facilities, upgrades and expansion to enable reprocessing of materials to a higher quality suitable for manufacturers and end-markets
  • infrastructure and equipment for the remanufacturing of recovered priority materials into new products.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Hazardous waste (solvents) grants funding, applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be located in Victoria and service the Victorian market
  • co-contribute funding – every $1 of funding from this grant is to be matched or exceeded by a $3 co-contribution. Your project can receive funding from other government sources (including federal, state or local). However, this funding cannot be included in your co-contribution.
  • demonstrate why government support is needed
  • propose a project that will demonstrate the potential to increase the volume of solvents recycled from liquid hazardous wastes
  • demonstrate a history of delivering and operating infrastructure at a similar or greater scale
  • comply with SV’s funding agreements
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in a Grant Program
  • have a project that:
    • is not already completed
    • has not commenced construction of infrastructure (infrastructure equipment may be purchased prior to signing a funding agreement to accommodate shipping and delivery time and prevent delays in completing the project)
    • can be commissioned and operational by the 30 March 2024.

To be eligible for the Materials (paper and cardboard, plastic, glass) grants funding, applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • implement and service the project in Victoria
  • meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirement for funding, maximising public value and return on investment in the industry
  • demonstrate why the project needs government support
  • demonstrate increased materials recovery and local reprocessing of paper and cardboard, glass and plastics or increase use of recovered materials in remanufacturing
  • agree to comply with SV’s funding agreement
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in a Grant Program
  • have a project that:
    • is not already completed
    • has not already commenced construction of infrastructure (NOTE: infrastructure equipment may be purchased prior to signing a funding agreement to accommodate shipping and delivery time and prevent delays in completing the project)
    • will be commissioned and operational by 30 March 2024.

Local government authorities are now eligible to apply for the Materials grants.

 

Timing

Applications for the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund grants have been extended to 8 May 2020 and other associated timelines have been extended accordingly.

 

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