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$2.6 m in grants for Victorian infrastructure projects using recycled products

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Nineteen projects by Victorian local councils and alpine resort management boards have been awarded a total of $2.6 million in state funding to support infrastructure projects using recycled material.

According to a statement by the state government, the projects supported under the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund would cumulatively create 388 new jobs and recycle over 2,000 tonnes of materials including glass, plastic and rubber, to create roads, footpaths, outdoor park furniture, drainage and pavements.

“Projects like this give old tyres and old materials a new life. This kind of innovation creates endless business opportunities and jobs,” said Victorian environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio.

Among the projects supported was the city of Darebin’s KP Hardiman Hockey Field upgrade, awarded $300,000. It will see “recycled glass will be used in new concrete pathways, recycled plastic will become asphalt, and outdoor furniture and shockpads installed under artificial turf will be made from rubber tyres.”

Eleven of the 19 projects incorporated recycled glass, a material that has been subject to a federal waste export since the beginning of the year.

Picture: Sustainability Victoria

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