Up to $500,000 is available from Short Term Recycling Industry Relief Program to help Victoria’s recycling industry adapt to changes in trade arrangements.
Short Term Recycling Industry Relief Program
The Short Term Recycling Industry Relief Program is a 1-million funding package available to Victoria’s recycling industry to assist the transition to new market conditions, following China’s decision to stop the import of low quality mixed recyclables.
Victoria has a long-established recycling sector that collects, sorts and processes recyclable material. Most recovered materials are used within Australia, but around 14% is exported of which approximately half goes to China.
The Victorian Government is helping councils and industry affected by China’s decision to stop the import of low-quality mixed recyclable materials and will provide a $13 million package for councils and industry to support kerbside collections of household recyclable waste.
As part of this this package, Sustainability Victoria will deliver a $1-million industry transition program to help Victoria’s recycling industry adapt to changes in trade arrangements.
This money will help Victorian recycling businesses to fast-track upgrades to sorting and processing infrastructure that improve the quality of recovered paper, cardboard and plastics from Victorian households.
Grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 will be available on a 1:1 basis.
Detailed funding criteria are being developed. More information will be provided when applications for this program open.
Funding will be available to:
- upgrade infrastructure and/or equipment to allow greater sorting of recovered paper, cardboard or plastic.
- upgrade infrastructure and/or equipment to process recovered paper, cardboard or plastic to a higher quality and allow for re-entry into export markets or to be more attractive to local manufacturers
- support short-term storage and consolidation infrastructure (e.g shipping containers, sheds or temporary covers) so recovered paper and plastic can be safely stored while new markets are established
Funding will be available to Victorian recycling business that recover, handle and process household comingled recycling.
Sustainability Victoria is seeking to support recycling business that plans for upgrades that can be fast-tracked, and that have secured end-market or supply contracts for processed materials.
To be announced