Tuesday 9th Mar, 2021

Victorian recycling infrastructure set to boom

A new initiative from the Victorian government is set to boost the use of recycled material in rail and infrastructure projects.

Victoria is set to double its domestic glass recycling capacity following a major investment into the state’s recycling industry.

Seven glass and plastics projects will be funded under the first round of a new $46 million joint initiative.

The projects include a new metropolitan processing plant that will accept 140,000 tonnes of glass each year, a regional facility to separate glass kerbside co-mingled material, and equipment to produce a new patented system for concrete slab foundations made from 100 per cent recycled plastic (processing 1655 tonnes of plastic each year).

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the Australian Government is transforming the country’s waste and recycling industry.

“We are stimulating the economy by co-investing with states and with industry as we phase in bans on the export of waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres to protect the environment,” Ley said.

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“The projects are the first tranche of a $46 million co-investment between the two governments under the Morrison Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund.”

Victorian Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the new infrastructure and sorting technology will massively increase Victoria’s recycling capacity.

“Not only will these seven projects announced today create jobs, but they’ll redirect 205,000 tonnes of glass and 23,000 tonnes of plastic out of landfill every year – it’s a massive gamechanger,” D’Ambrosio said.

“It means more jars, bottles and fibreglass made of recycled glass and plastic, which will also be used to build new roads and footpaths throughout Victoria.”

“Our investment in this new infrastructure is a big step in the right direction, generating more local jobs and new value from what would otherwise be waste.”

Victorian Senator Jane Hume said that the projects would support both metropolitan and regional Victoria.

“This is an important partnership between the Commonwealth, States and the private sector, and one that will deliver a welcomed and significant boost to the Victorian economy,” Hume said.

A further $38 million of recycling modernisation fund co-funding with Victoria will be available through a new round under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund which will open for applications on 22 March 2021 and close on 7 May 2021.