$36m federal/state funding boost for Victorian recycling

Thirteen Victorian recycling projects have secured a share of $36.5 million in Round 2 funding from the Recycling Victoria-Recycling Modernisation Fund (RV-RMF).

The RV-RMF is a Victorian/federal government partnership delivering grant funding over three years to upgrade and establish new recycling facilities.

The 13 projects include an expansion of Garden City Plastics’ Dandenong facility to allow more recycled plastic (including garden pots) to be used in the firm’s products.

Six of the funded projects will be in regional Victoria.

Successful applicants for Round 1 funding included the Mildura Rural City Council, which was awarded funding of $228,750 to construct a regional sorting and glass processing facility with the capacity to process 5,300 tonnes of kerbside materials per annum.

In other RMF news, the Federal and Northern Territory governments are investing $11 million in Top End recycling infrastructure, including $7.2 million in a new Materials Recovery Facility at Katherine that will help meet the needs of areas that currently cannot access recycling facilities.

The remaining funding will be used by the NT government to open a $3.8 million grants program focusing on new recycling and recovery infrastructure in remote and regional areas.