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Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund

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.

 

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.
 

Outcomes

All resource recovery projects must show that the investment will deliver strong environmental and economic outcomes including:

  • increased resource recovery and processing capacity of plastic, paper and cardboard and/or increased use of recycled content in manufacturing
  • reduced waste to landfill
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • increase in jobs

Projects must also align with the goals and directions in the RISP, the SWRRIP and relevant regional and metropolitan waste and resource recovery infrastructure plan(s).

Background

The Victorian Government is providing an additional $4 million to the $20.2 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRIF) to support the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan (RISP), the Victorian Government’s key policy response to recent changes to traditional markets for Victoria’s recycling material. China’s implementation of its ‘Blue Sky’ (formerly the ‘National Sword’) policy has imposed strict requirements for contaminated waste imports and quotas for imported waste volumes. These changes have had a dramatic and immediate impact on Victorian kerbside and commercial and industrial (C&I) recycling systems, leading to acute challenges for councils and local resource recovery industry.

Round 4 Infrastructure Grants will support Victoria’s resource recovery sector in improving its capability and capacity to recover and reprocess higher-value priority materials to a commercial grade suitable for reprocessing (enabling supply to more local and international markets) and to support manufacturing and other production that uses recycled materials. In line with the material streams most affected by the changes to traditional markets, priority materials such as paper, plastics cardboard and glass as well as materials outlined in the Market Development Strategy will be targeted.

Funding is available for local governments and businesses seeking to invest in resource recovery projects that increase recovery of these materials and/or integrate the use of recycled content in manufacturing.

RRIF Round 4 Infrastructure Grants are supported by an Investment Facilitation Service
 

Funding

Applications for grants of between $40,000 and $500,000 are now open to industry and local government for projects that meet the resource recovery project outputs.

 

Eligible Projects

The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund supports Victoria’s resource recovery sector to improve its capability and capacity to recover and reprocess higher-value priority materials to a commercial grade (enabling supply to more local and international markets) and to support manufacturing and other production that uses recycled materials. The program focuses on the priority materials as well as materials outlined in the Market Development Strategy will be targeted.

The grants will support the costs of pre-engineering, procurement and acquiring reprocessing equipment, implementing new processes and infrastructure to support greater sorting, improve recovery, decontamination, and reprocessing of plastic, paper and cardboard waste materials. Grant funding can also be used for tooling costs or other manufacturing requirements that can increase use of recycled content in manufacturing.

Round 4 Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund Grants will support projects that focus on:

  • Improving the value of recycled material through better collection, sorting and processing
  • Building processing capacity and capability
  • Increasing recovered materials sorted for reprocessing
  • Increasing the use of recycled content in manufacturing

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Be a local government organisation, community organisation, business or social enterprise
  • Have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have been operating for at least 12 months
  • Implement the project in Victoria
  • Have satisfactory environmental, safety and financial performance history
  • Meet or exceed the co-contribution requirement of the grant funding ($1SV: $1 industry/local government) to a maximum funding amount of $500,000
  • Show that the investment will deliver strong environmental and economic outcomes including:
    • increased resource recovery and processing capacity of plastic, paper and cardboard and/or increased use of recycled content in manufacturing
    • reduced waste to landfill
    • reduced greenhouse gas emissions
    • increased new jobs
  • Show to SV’s satisfaction why the project needs government support
  • Agree to comply with SV’s Funding Terms and Conditions
  • Agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in a Grant Program
  • Consider social and community benefits
  • Agree to facilitate site tours and share project case studies
  • Complete the project by 31 March 2021

Successful applicants must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria of the grant funding (
  • deliver the project as outlined in their application
  • sign the funding agreement
  • monitor and evaluate the project as appropriate
  • provide update reports to Sustainability Victoria (SV) at agreed milestones with evidence of expenditure
  • collect and release data for up to five years post project completion, and participate in project evaluation conducted by SV
  • participate, contribute to and share case studies and learnings that may be published about the funded project including promotional activities.
  • adhere to The Local Jobs First Policy (LJF) requirements (see Section 9) for projects costing more than $3 million in metropolitan Melbourne or for state-wide activities, or more than $1 million in regional Victoria
  • adhere to the Victorian Government Capital Works Signage Guidelines 2016 for government funding contributions of $250,000 or more.

 

Timing

Applications for Round 4 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund close on 30 April 2019

 

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Round 3 Recipients

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