$5.7 million in grants awarded to Victorian recycling businesses

The Victorian government has announced $5.7 million in grants through its Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund, which it says will help create 75 new jobs and add capacity to process an extra 436,000 tonnes of organics, 20,000 tonnes of glass and 40,000 tonnes of textiles per year.

Six projects received funding (see below) and would involve a total of $24.4 million in private spending.

“This funding boost will help Victorian businesses develop new opportunities for recycled materials, creating value from resources that would otherwise end up as waste,” said state environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio in a statement.

The grants awarded on Friday are listed below.

  • Pinegro Products: $2 million to build a new composting facility in the Gippsland Region which will process commercial and residential food and organics waste, creating 10 jobs and increasing capacity by 40,000 tonnes a year.
  • Bio Gro: $600,790 to expand their Dandenong South organics processing facility to decontaminate and shred food and garden organics for further processing, creating 7 jobs and improving the quality of 140,000 tonnes of organic material.
  • Bio Gro: $1.67 million to establish a new regional organics recovery facility in Birregurra, creating 40 jobs and increasing capacity by up to 500,000 tonnes a year. Textile Innovations Australia: $500,000 to establish a new textile recycling facility in Dandenong, creating 14 jobs and increasing capacity by 40,000 tonnes a year.
  • The Rural City of Wangaratta: $381,000 to expand their organics processing facility, enabling the council to accept organics from neighbouring councils and businesses, creating 2 jobs and producing 6,800 tonnes of improved quality organics each year.
  • Citywide: $582,400 to build a new facility in West Melbourne to recycle low quality glass. The plant will crush, dry clean and screen glass, turning it into materials which can be used in road construction, fiberglass, sand blast grit and other products, creating 3 jobs and increasing capacity by 20,000 tonnes a year.

Picture: Cleanaway

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