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Resource recovery infrastructure fund

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The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund valued at approximately $13 million aims to support the development of infrastructure that improves the collection and processing of recycled materials. The program seeks innovative projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery industry while also increasing the recovery of priority materials. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

The Fund began in 2017 and to date two funding rounds have awarded approximately 27 infrastructure projects in metro and regional Victoria with over $9 million. The Round 1 and Round 2 projects supported so far are expected to create over 140 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and are expected to divert at least 500,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year. More information about the Fund’s achievements and progress to date is below.

Round 3 Grants – Applications Open

Round 3 has up to $3 million available for 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.

Round 3 is seeking projects that target food organics, rigid and soft plastics, paper and cardboard, and e-waste re-processing as priority materials. However, projects addressing the future resource recovery infrastructure needs and opportunities identified in the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans developed by the Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) will also be supported.

Please register your interest below to apply to receive the relevant documentation. You will need to submit your Round 3 Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund application by 3pm, 31 July 2018.

More information

If you have any queries please email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au and quote “Round 3 Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund” in the subject line or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants support representative.


Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund achievements and progress

Key milestone Project and achievements to date
Round 1 project recipients announced mid 2017 14 projects in Metropolitan Melbourne received $5 million and projects will recover:
  • 90,000 tonnes of plastics;
  • 2,100 tonnes of food organics;
  • 1,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres;
  • 100,000 tonnes of timber;
  • Overall all 14 projects are expected to divert at least 350,000 tonnes per annum of materials from landfill and create 85 jobs
Round 2 project recipients announced June 2018 13 projects in rural and regional Victoria received $4.2 million and projects are expected to divert over 85,000 tonnes per annum of materials from landfill and create 50 jobs.
Round 3: Up to $3 million available for infrastructure grants. Projects located in and servicing Victoria can apply for between $40,000 and $500,000 in funding.
Applications close 31 July 2018.

Round 2 Funded Projects (announced June 2018)

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:

Applicant Project name Project description Amount of funding
Camperdown Compost Company Camperdown Compost Company Facility Upgrade Plan Infrastructure to increase the composting capabilities at the site. $500,000
Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd Project Mildura Plant Upgrade Infrastructure to double the production capacity to recycle plastics for extrusion into timber replacement products. $130,000
Western Composting Technology Pty Ltd Shepparton Organics Resource Recovery Facility (SORRF) Plant Capacity Increase Increase 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 Ltd Maddingley Waste to Energy The 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 Council Resource Recovery Centre Upgrade Project (RRCUP) - Stage 1 Development of a Resource Recovery Transfer Station $440,000
Pinegro Products Pty Ltd Pinegro Products Enclosed In-Vessel Compost System – Monash Way, Morwell Development of a best practice enclosed tunnel compost facility for the Gippsland Region $500,000
Wangaratta Rural City Council (RCOW) Regional Organics Processing Plant The construction of a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) processing facility. $500,000
Moira Shire Council Cobram 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 Council Planning for the Future - Advancing Resource Recovery in the Rapidly Growing Mitchell Shire Development a new Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) $500,000
Campaspe Shire Council Introduce 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 Council Recovering Flexible Plastics and Polystyrene Otherwise Destined for Landfill Upgrade of infrastructure on-site to recover flexible plastics and polystyrene. $75,144
Yarriambiack Shire Council Warracknabeal Transfer Station Upgrade and Landfill Closure Upgrade 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 Council Waste not Want not - Increased Resource Recovery in Towong Shire Upgrades to the Corryong Resource Recovery Centre and the Tallangatta transfer Station and establishment of two resale shops. $40,000

Round 1 Funded Projects (announced mid 2017)

14 projects based in metropolitan Melbourne received $5.1 million between them for infrastructure for the collection, sorting and processing of materials:

Applicant Project name Project description Amount of funding
Reground Pty Ltd Coffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling Expansion Infrastructure 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 Recovery Timber Waste Resource Recovery Project Establishment 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 Trust Knox 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 Ltd Polytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing Project This 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 Project This 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 Ltd Advanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer type Recycling 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 Ltd Production of tyre crumb derived composite material Creating 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 Council Melton Recycling Facility Upgrade Upgrade Melton Recycling Facility $391,500
Yarra City Council Closing the Loop on Yarra's Food Waste Yarra 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 Ltd Upgrade Cardinia Transfer Station Upgrade of the Cardinia Transfer Station. $500,000
460 Cooper Street Developments Pty Ltd Washing Plant 460 Cooper Street Establish 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 expansion Purchase and install new proven re-processing equipment to allow the recycling more post-consumer waste. $379,100
Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty Ltd Westall 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 Ltd Enrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery Program Installation 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

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Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au