Up to $500,000 is available from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund to support infrastructure development projects which improve the collection and processing of recycled materials.
Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund aims to support the development of infrastructure that improves the collection, sorting and processing of recycled materials.
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund seeks innovative or better practice projects that will increase jobs and the recovery of priority materials in the resource recovery industry. In doing so, the program aims to build Victoria’s capacity and capability to recover and reprocess collected and sorted materials to an improved standard.
The success of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund projects will be assessed via a number of measures against the overall funding targets for the program as follows:
- Increased recovery of priority materials (tonnes and % recovery rate)
- Increase in jobs (FTE)
- Reduction of waste to landfill per capita (kg)
- Avoided GHG emissions (tonnes CO2-e)
Supported projects will not be limited to those addressing all of these measures but are expected to deliver outcomes that support the program targets.
All Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund projects must align with the Regional Implementation Plans.
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is part of the State Government waste and resource recovery portfolio’s $21 million Jobs and Innovation in Resource Recovery funding package. SV’s research indicates that government intervention is required to facilitate the additional investment necessary to achieve a higher level of recovery for certain (priority) materials. Whilst SV has programs to address a range of barriers to investment, initial capital costs remain a barrier.
The Victorian Government is committed to increasing Victoria’s recovery rate and reduce reliance on landfills. Additional infrastructure for priority materials will be necessary, including rigid and flexible plastics, and food and garden organics. In addition, the government has committed to implementing an e-waste landfill ban. Infrastructure support will be required to achieve this ban. Furthermore, the MWRRIP has recently been released and identifies infrastructure needs.
Round 3 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund has up to $3 million allocated to infrastructure grants.
Projects located in and servicing Victoria can apply for between $40,000 and $500,000 in funding for infrastructure development.
Infrastructure can be for collection, sorting or processing.
The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s waste and resource recovery $30.4 million Jobs and Innovation in Resource Recovery funding package. SV’s research indicates that government
intervention is required to facilitate the additional investment necessary to achieve a higher level of recovery for certain priority materials. Whilst SV has programs to address a range of barriers
to investment, initial capital costs remain a barrier.
A co-contribution is a cash or in-kind contribution from your organisation towards the overall cost of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund project. All councils will be required to match funding at a minimum of $1 for every $1 requested from SV. All businesses will be required to match funding at a minimum of $2 for every $1 requested from SV. Co-contributions can be a mix of capital cash and in-kind contributions.
Round 3 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is seeking projects that target:
- food organics
- rigid and soft plastics
- paper and cardboard
- e-waste re-processing
However, projects addressing the future resource recovery infrastructure needs and opportunities identified in the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (Regional Implementation Plans) developed by the Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) will also be supported.
To be eligible for Resource Recovery Infrastructure Funding, applicants must:
- be a metropolitan council or a business servicing the metropolitan area
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- meet the minimum co-contribution requirement of the fund
- have not had any Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover Authority violations in the past five years, or if the applicant has any violations:
- the violations were not serious
- the violations have been satisfactorily resolved
- the applicant has made appropriate efforts, including implementing management systems, to ensure the violation is not repeated
- since the violation, the applicant has had a satisfactory level of compliance with environmental and Victorian WorkCover Authority legislation.
- agree to comply with SV’s Terms and Conditions.
- agree to comply with the Terms of Participation in Grant Program
Successful Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund applicants must:
- deliver the project as outlined in their application
- monitor and evaluate the project as appropriate
- provide facilities with appropriate security
- collect and release data on the project, and participate in project evaluation conducted by SV for up to five years
- participate in and contribute to case studies that may be published about the funded projects
- provide evidence that Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) issues are addressed
- provide suitable training for operational staff in line with changing requirements from new infrastructure
- meet the minimum co-contribution requirement of the fund.
Applications for Round 3 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund close 31 July 2018.
- Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund – FAQ
- Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund – Guidelines
- Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund – Application Form
Round 2 Recipients
There was an excellent response to the Round 2 Funding with applications received from both industry and local government.
13 projects based in rural and regional Victoria will receive $4.2 million between them for infrastructure for the collection, sorting and processing of materials:
|Applicant||Project Name||Project description||Amount of funding|
|Camperdown Compost Company||Camperdown Compost Company Facility Upgrade Plan||Infrastructure to increase the composting capabilities at the site.||$500,000|
|Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd||Project Mildura Plant Upgrade||Infrastructure to double the production capacity to recycle plastics for extrusion into timber replacement products.||$130,000|
|Western Composting Technology Pty Ltd||Shepparton Organics Resource Recovery Facility (SORRF) Plant Capacity Increase||Increase the capacity of the composting plant and construct two tunnels for processing commercial and Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) waste.||$215,302|
|iGas Operations Pty Ltd||Maddingley Waste to Energy||The project will develop a scalable Waste to Energy facility at the Maddingley Brown Coal site and install a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for sorting.||$500,000|
|Benalla Rural City Council||Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade Project (RRCUP) – Stage 1||Development of a Resource Recovery Transfer Station||$440,000|
|Pinegro Products Pty Ltd||Pinegro Products Enclosed In-Vessel Compost System – Monash Way, Morwell||Development of a best practice enclosed tunnel compost facility for the Gippsland Region||$500,000|
|Wangaratta Rural City Council (RCOW)||Regional Organics Processing Plant||The construction of a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) processing facility.||$500,000|
|Moira Shire Council||Cobram Commercial Waste Sorting Facility (CWSF)||The project will enable industrial waste sorting at the Cobram Resource Recovery Facility. This includes materials such as soft plastics, cardboard, dirt, concrete, metals and timber.||$495,000|
|Mitchell Shire Council||Planning for the Future – Advancing Resource Recovery in the Rapidly Growing Mitchell Shire||Development a new Resource Recovery Centre (RRC)||$500,000|
|Campaspe Shire Council||Introduce a Household Food Organics Collection and Expand the Current Garden Collection to Include Food.||The rollout of a kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) collection service to8000 residents in the municipality (i.e. all with new food and 2000 with food and garden).||$200,000|
|Campaspe Shire Council||Recovering Flexible Plastics and Polystyrene Otherwise Destined for Landfill||Upgrade of infrastructure on-site to recover flexible plastics and polystyrene.||$75,144|
|Yarriambiack Shire Council||Warracknabeal Transfer Station Upgrade and Landfill Closure||Upgrade of the Warracknabeal Transfer Station which will allow for increased recyclables collection including agricultural soft plastics such as grain bags and tarpaulins.||$140,000|
|Towong Shire Council||Waste not Want not – Increased Resource Recovery in Towong Shire||Upgrades to the Corryong Resource Recovery Centre and the Tallangatta transfer Station and establishment of two resale shops.||$40,000|
Round 1 Recipients
Round 1 funded 14 projects first, all of them managing waste from metropolitan Melbourne.
|Applicant||Project Name||Project description||Amount of funding|
|Reground Pty Ltd||Coffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling Expansion||Infrastructure to allow an expansion of the collection of spent coffee grounds from retail and manufacturing venues. Also instituting a concurrent flexible plastics recycling collection.||$40,000|
|Van Schaik’s Bio Gro Pty Ltd – Timber Waste Recovery||Timber Waste Resource Recovery Project||Establishment a waste timber drop off recovery facility. The facility will receive up to 200,000 tonnes p.a. of waste timber.||$427,000|
|Knox Transfer Station Pty Ltd as The trustee for Knox Transfer Station Trust||Knox Transfer Station (KTS) Process Engineered Fuel (PEF)||KTS Recycling will establish a Process Engineered Fuel manufacturing facility at the Knox Transfer Station.||$459,000|
|Polytrade Pty Ltd||Polytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing Project||This project will install machinery to colour sort and clean the 3-8mm fraction into 22,000 tonnes per annum of saleable products.||$500,000|
|Miabella Enterprises Pty Ltd ITF The A and J Spiteri Family Trust (EPlastics)||Recovery of Expanded Polystyrene and Rigid Plastics Project||This project will enable E Plastics to expand its services to include polystyrene (both expanded and high impact) and rigid plastics.||$66,499|
|Recycling Solutions (Vic) Pty Ltd||Advanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer type||Recycling Solutions aim to increase the diversion of flexible plastic from landfill by over 10,000 tpa through the development of an advanced recycling facility.||$500,000|
|Polymeric Powders Company Pty Ltd||Production of tyre crumb derived composite material||Creating tyre crumb derived Polymeric Powder from end-of-life tyres for use in the large volume irrigation pipes and sewerage pipes markets.||$121,000|
|Melton City Council||Melton Recycling Facility Upgrade||Upgrade Melton Recycling Facility||$391,500|
|Yarra City Council||Closing the Loop on Yarra’s Food Waste||Yarra City Council will provide a kerbside food waste collection service to 5,000 residents to recover and process 910 tonnes of priority materials at a local in-vessel composting facility.||$500,000|
|Future Metals Recyclers Melbourne Pty Ltd||Upgrade Cardinia Transfer Station||Upgrade of the Cardinia Transfer Station.||$500,000|
|460 Cooper Street Developments Pty Ltd||Washing Plant 460 Cooper Street||Establish a state of the art washing facility which will utilise best practise technologies in the processing of typically untreatable waste streams currently being sent to landfill.||$500,000|
|Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd (Replas)||Recycling plant expansion||Purchase and install new proven re-processing equipment to allow the recycling more post-consumer waste.||$379,100|
|Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty Ltd||Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty. Ltd.||Development of a new resource recovery centre at Westall Road Springvale which will focus on green and wood waste, recoverable hard waste, construction and demolition waste and recyclables.||$237,500|
|Red Horizon Pty Ltd||Enrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery Program||Installation of 18 food organic dehydration units to restaurants, hospitals and similar facilities to allow waste to be collected and then turned into compost.||$500,000|