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Queensland launches new funding to support recycled materials

A new $10 million program is set to support Queensland manufacturers recover, recycle, and reprocess more sustainable products.

The ReMade in Queensland (ReMiQ) program aims to help small-to-medium sized manufacturing and recycling businesses adopt remanufacturing processes that reduce waste and energy costs, reuse materials that might otherwise end up in landfill and convert these materials into new manufactured goods.

The grant round is an initiative of the $1.1 billion Recycling and Jobs Fund.

It is part of the Queensland Government’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy, which aims to recover 80 per cent of all waste and achieve 65 per cent recycling rates across all waste types by 2030.

Queensland Manufacturing Minister Glenn Butcher said the grants build on the government’s investment in Made in Queensland grants, Manufacturing Hubs Grants and Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Grants.

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“Importantly, our investments in these programs have created and supported more than 7000 jobs across Queensland,” Butcher said.

“Helping our manufacturing industry adopt greener practices that are good for business and the environment is a significant step in the journey.

“We know that there is a growing demand for manufacturers to demonstrate sustainability measures and this grant is just one more way the Miles Government is backing Queensland manufacturers to be globally competitive.

“Growing opportunities for business means more, good, secure jobs for Queenslanders.”

Acting Environment, Science and Innovation Minister Grace Grace said the $1.1 billion Recycling and Jobs Fund, which is supporting the ReMade in Queensland initiative, helps Queensland’s transition to a circular economy, where products and materials are retained for their longest possible use then recycled or reused.

“A circular economy maximises the value of our products and materials by reducing waste and pollution, reducing precious materials going to landfill, and mitigating greenhouse gas and carbon emissions,” Grace said.

“By assisting manufacturers recover, recycle and reprocess materials into more sustainable products, ReMade in Queensland is another significant step towards a circular economy for our great state.”

Applicants can submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI) for grant funding between $50,000 and $2.5 million to support projects that increase the reuse of existing recycled material streams in manufacturing or enable diversification to remanufacture new waste streams.

Expressions of interest for the ReMiQ program open 16 January, with submissions closing 19 February 2024.

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