RMF funding pivots to regional waste infrastructure

The Hay Shire Council will receive more than $900,000 in Commonwealth and state funding to build a $1.8 million material recovery facility.

The MRF will be equipped with a new sorter, crusher, shredder and baler, enabling it to recover and recycle plastic, glass, paper/cardboard, and tyres from across the local government areas of Hay, Balranald, Edward River, Murrumbidgee and Carrathool.

It is the first project to have received co-investment from the Recycling Modernisation Fund’s funding round established in March 2020 to improve recycling infrastructure in regional and remote areas.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the plant will recycle 6,400 tonnes of waste every year, creating jobs during construction and operation.

“Like many regional areas in Australia, all of Hay’s kerbside collection goes direct to land-fill, along with most of its other waste,” she said.

Ms Ley said further RMF announcements will be made “in the near future”.