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.


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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.


Eligible Projects

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.


Eligible Applicants

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 closed on 31 July 2018. Contact us about other funding.


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Round 3 Recipients

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There was a high level of response to Round 3 of funding, with applications received from both industry and local government. Twenty projects across Victoria will receive $4.8 million between them for infrastructure for the collection, sorting and processing of materials.

ApplicantProject nameProject descriptionFunding
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS)E-waste and Battery Collection and ProcessingStatewide collection system for end of life electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) and batteries and processing facility.$50,000
Bingo Recycling Pty LtdBingo Recycling – Braeside Recycling Centre Redevelopment for Optimised Resource RecoveryEstablishment of technically advanced Recycling Centre in Braeside to process mixed solid inert commercial and industrial (C&I) and C&D waste, and putrescible garden waste. Diversion of approximately 80,000 tonnes/annum of target waste streams in its first year of operation.$500,000
Poly Pac RecyclingNextstep rPET SolutionNew facility for PET/ HDPE / LDPE plastic recycling to prepare materials for downstream remanufacturing.$500,000
OfficeworksNew recycling stations for Officeworks’ Product Stewardship ProgramsOfficeworks have designed a new recycling station. They are seeking to rollout these new recycling stations to all 50 stores in Victoria – including batteries, e-waste, soft plastics.$135,000
30xy Group Pty Ltd30XY Group/Reclaim Waste – Wet Recycling SystemFunding of a wet recycling system. The project will allow 30XY/Reclaim to recover 100% of solid waste and over 95% of water from waste collected as food waste and street sweepings, diverting 24,700 tonnes of solid material and 13,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill per year.$264,000
Cleanaway Waste Management LimitedClayton Resource Recovery Centre Waste Sorting LineUpgrade of the Clayton Resource Recovery Centre. This presents an opportunity to recover an additional 15,400 tonnes/annum.$500,000
Commercial Tippers Pty LtdConstruction and Demolition Waste & Commercial and Industrial Waste Sortation FacilityCommercial Tippers in conjunction with Smart Recycling, plan to build a Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D) and Commercial and Industrial Waste (C&I) Sortation Facility. The facility will accept up to 160,000 tonnes per annum of material.$500,000
ReSourc Pty LtdExpansion of Handheld Battery Recycling PlantExpansion of existing plant to increase capacity and widen the range of batteries which can be processed along with installing an automatic mechanical and optical sorting line for maximum sorting purity.$175,000
RPM PipesImproved Regional Plastics ProcessingAdding a large shredder to the existing plastics processing facility to automatically and continuously process large plastic articles without pre-cutting by hand, which then makes them suitable for further processing through the existing washing system.$140,000
Tyrecycle Pty LtdExtracting Steel and Premium Tyre Derived Fuel from TyresTyrecycle will further process tyres which have been reduced to 6 inch chips into 1.5 inch chips. The process will make it faster and more efficient to separate the steel faster and more efficiently and increase the recovery of steel from 30% to 40%, Tyre Derived Fuel from 50% to 55% and granulate loss from 20% to 5%.$90,000
National E Waste Alliance Pty LtdDiversion and Recycling of Problematic Electronic WasteThe National E-Waste Alliance, in collaboration with WDEA (a disability employment enterprise), will establish a network of collection points across the Western districts of Victoria to permit the drop off of end of life electronics not covered under the Federal National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.$43,250
Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP)E-Waste Plastic Micro Factory ProjectThe first commercial application of innovative new micro-factory technology developed by TES (an e-recycler), and the UNSW SMART Hub to manufacture 3D printer filament from e-waste plastic.$248,333
Warrnambool City CouncilFOGO’s a GOGO. “If it Grows in it Goes”Introduction of a new kerbside food organics/garden organics (FOGO) collection service to over 15,000 households. The project and resultant ongoing service will generate a reduction of waste to landfill of potentially 8,500 tonnes/annum.$300,000
Integrated Recycling Pty LtdDuratrack Railway Sleeper ProjectBuild the first stage of the Duratrack composite recycled plastic sleeper production line with a capacity to produce between 50,000 and 80,000 recycled plastic railway sleepers per year.$330,000
Outlook (Vic) IncWestern Melbourne Resource Recovery FacilityThe project will establish a new Resource Recovery Facility within the western suburbs of Melbourne in an appropriate industrial use zone.  Outlook employs an integrated workforce comprising employees with a disability or mental illness, long term unemployed and open employees.$112,867
Greater Shepparton City CouncilInstallation of Recycling Bins at Ardmona and Murchison Resource Recovery Centres (RRCs)Installation of new bins at Ardmona and Murchison RRCs to allow for the recovery of rigid and soft plastics, cardboard and paper.$89,000
Back Again Recycling Pty LtdRegional Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recovery CentreCreation of a C&D waste recovery centre targeting the residential construction industry. The project will process up to 95,000 tonnes in the first year.$500,000
Alpine Waste ServicesAlpine Waste Services Advanced Materials Recovery FacilityUpgrading of a recycling centre to mechanical sorting rather than the existing manual sorting. This will increase the diversion from landfill from 94 tonnes/annum to 1,508 tonnes/annum.$150,913
Ararat Rural City CouncilToward the Future – Lake Bolac Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade ProjectThe Lake Bolac Resource Recovery Centre will consolidate three existing rural facilities into one best practice facility to maximise recovery of commingled recycling, organics, e-waste and plastics.$160,100
Schulz Organic DairySchulz Organic Dairy Upgrades to Increase Reusable Glass Bottle PackagingBottle washing facility to enable the replacement of 50% of plastic bottle packaging with returnable, reusable glass bottles.$49,015


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:

ApplicantProject NameProject descriptionAmount of funding
Camperdown Compost CompanyCamperdown Compost Company Facility Upgrade PlanInfrastructure to increase the composting capabilities at the site.$500,000
Integrated Recycling Pty LtdProject Mildura Plant UpgradeInfrastructure to double the production capacity to recycle plastics for extrusion into timber replacement products.$130,000
Western Composting Technology Pty LtdShepparton Organics Resource Recovery Facility (SORRF) Plant Capacity IncreaseIncrease 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 LtdMaddingley Waste to EnergyThe 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 CouncilResource Recovery Centre Upgrade Project (RRCUP) – Stage 1Development of a Resource Recovery Transfer Station$440,000
Pinegro Products Pty LtdPinegro Products Enclosed In-Vessel Compost System – Monash Way, MorwellDevelopment of a best practice enclosed tunnel compost facility for the Gippsland Region$500,000
Wangaratta Rural City Council (RCOW)Regional Organics Processing PlantThe construction of a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) processing facility.$500,000
Moira Shire CouncilCobram 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 CouncilPlanning for the Future – Advancing Resource Recovery in the Rapidly Growing Mitchell ShireDevelopment a new Resource Recovery Centre (RRC)$500,000
Campaspe Shire CouncilIntroduce 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 CouncilRecovering Flexible Plastics and Polystyrene Otherwise Destined for LandfillUpgrade of infrastructure on-site to recover flexible plastics and polystyrene.$75,144
Yarriambiack Shire CouncilWarracknabeal Transfer Station Upgrade and Landfill ClosureUpgrade 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 CouncilWaste not Want not – Increased Resource Recovery in Towong ShireUpgrades 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.

ApplicantProject NameProject descriptionAmount of funding
Reground Pty LtdCoffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling ExpansionInfrastructure 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 RecoveryTimber Waste Resource Recovery ProjectEstablishment 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 TrustKnox 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 LtdPolytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing ProjectThis 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 ProjectThis 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 LtdAdvanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer typeRecycling 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 LtdProduction of tyre crumb derived composite materialCreating 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 CouncilMelton Recycling Facility UpgradeUpgrade Melton Recycling Facility$391,500
Yarra City CouncilClosing the Loop on Yarra’s Food WasteYarra 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 LtdUpgrade Cardinia Transfer StationUpgrade of the Cardinia Transfer Station.$500,000
460 Cooper Street Developments Pty LtdWashing Plant 460 Cooper StreetEstablish 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 expansionPurchase and install new proven re-processing equipment to allow the recycling more post-consumer waste.$379,100
Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty LtdWestall 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 LtdEnrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery ProgramInstallation 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