Up to $200,000 is available to support research, development and demonstration projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria.

 

Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Grants

Research, development and demonstration (RD&D) grants is available to support projects that:

  • research product development and demonstrate performance of targeted materials
  • test the feasibility of innovative technology and infrastructure that support the use of targeted materials
  • develop new or existing products using recovered targeted materials
  • improve product standards and specifications to include recycled content
  • improve market confidence and demand for using recycled materials and products
  • consume significant and reliable volumes of targeted materials
  • contribute to Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.

 

Background

Sustainability Victoria (SV) is looking to support research, development and demonstration projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria. There are often barriers that restrict the uptake of products made from recycled materials, such as a lack of appropriate specifications and standards or the need for specific testing and approvals or product demonstration trials. This funding seeks to support organisations in overcoming these barriers.

SV is seeking projects that investigate one or more targeted materials. These are materials with specific supply side or demand side barriers that could be overcome with the support of government.

For RD&D grants, targeted materials include:

  • plastics (flexible and rigid)
  • paper and cardboard
  • electronic waste (e-waste)
  • glass

The grants are part of SV’s $4.5 million Market Development for Recovered Resources Program and supports the Victorian Government’s response to current issues in the recycling sector outlined in the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan (RISP). The RISP sets out the pathway to a safe, resilient and efficient recycling system in Victoria. It highlights the need for government to invest in RD&D to build confidence and demand for products made with recovered materials.

The Victorian Government is also developing a circular economy policy by 2020. Strong markets for recycled products will help underpin the transition to a more circular economy in Victoria.

 

Case Study

Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund

Bulletpoint helped GreenBear Recycling secure $500,000 from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund to build a fully-automated, improved waste sorting services for residential Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste more feasibly and efficiently than current disposal methods.

Using advanced and fully-automated sorting technologies and systems, the project will recover a range of materials for recycling, thereby avoiding landfill and improving local recycling.

Sustainability Victoria estimates, 3,000,000 tonnes per annum of C&D waste. Of this, 50% is handled by smaller, less effective waste service providers.

The project will address up to 95,000 tonnes per annum in the first year. A central sorting and resource recovery plant capable of receiving and processing a minimum of 400 tonnes per 8-hour shift.

Beyond the scope of the initially proposed project, the plan is capable of running three shifts. So, the throughput after five years could easily scale to 1,200 tonnes per day.

 

Funding

The RD&D grants provide funding of between $50,000 to $200,000 (1:1 matched funding, excluding GST) to projects that investigate one or more targeted materials.

Funding is available through two streams:

  • Stream 1: Research and Development (R&D) – Projects undertaking research and development on targeted materials.
  • Stream 2: Demonstration (D) – Projects undertaking field trials (demonstration projects) to progress commercialisation of R&D, i.e. increasing end market demand and uptake of targeted materials.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • investigate at least one of the following targeted material/s:
    • plastics (flexible and rigid)
    • paper and cardboard
    • electronic waste (e-waste)
    • glass
  • show potential to significantly increase market uptake of targeted materials (e.g. designing new products or applications that could consume reliable volumes (tonnes) of targeted materials, pre-engineering of processing technology/infrastructure to produce products using targeted materials)
  • be aligned with circular economy principles
  • partner with one or more industry partner/s (Stream 1)
  • use existing R&D and/or credible evidence such as published, peerreviewed or otherwise validated work for demonstration projects (Stream 2)
  • source recovered materials from Victoria
  • have project activities take place in Victoria
  • meet the minimum 1:1 financial contribution requirement of the fund
  • be completed by 31 May 2021.

Funding will not be provided for:

  • projects that do not meet the eligibility criteria of the fund ( see eligible applicants)
  • demonstration projects (Stream 2) that use R&D carried out in this funding round
  • privately owned research facilities that cannot provide evidence of accreditation
  • projects addressing separation, collection or sorting of waste for recycling
  • projects focused on reprocessing or recycling to produce recovered materials
  • opportunity identification, concept screening, marketing concept development and feasibility studies
  • projects using native forestry materials and wastes as a feedstock
  • purchasing infrastructure for separation, collection, sorting and/or testing equipment
  • travel, conferences and other educational activities
  • salaries that are not directly related to the project
  • demonstration projects not located in Victoria
  • projects being undertaken to comply with regulation
  • applicants (including related entities, project partners and subcontractors) that have failed to adequately address an environmental or safety breach or cannot show they are  working effectively to resolve t