The NSW, Victorian and South Australian recycling industries are in line for $73 million in grants as money from the Commonwealth’s $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) starts to flow.
The Federal and NSW State Governments today announced a $35 million grant round for recycling companies, and earlier this week, the Federal and South Australian State Governments each committed $15 million to advance infrastructure under the RMF, with expressions of interest now being sought from industry, local government, and non-government organisations.
Entities ready to contribute at least one-third of the cost of their project in partnership with the Commonwealth and SA Government, and that have projects that are ready to scale up to deliver improved recycling infrastructure, are invited to submit an EOI through Green Industries SA.
Partner projects investing in new technology and equipment related to mixed plastics reprocessing, improving the recovery and separation of soft plastics, and increasing glass re-manufacturing will be given priority.
In Victoria, seven glass and plastics projects are to receive $8.1 million in first-round funding under the RMF.
One successful recipient, the Mildura Rural City Council, will get $229,000 to construct a regional sorting and glass processing facility with the capacity to process 5300 tonnes of kerbside material a year.
A further $38 million of RMF co-funding with Victoria will be available through a new round under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (RVIF) which will open for applications on 22 March and close on 7 May.
The NSW grants – delivered through the new Remanufacture NSW Fund – will prioritise new sorting technologies and materials recovery projects, with applications accepted until 26 March.