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New recycling infrastructure grants announced

The South Australian state government has approved funding for nine recycling infrastructure projects, which they have mentioned is worth more than $2.5 million and expected to create more than 60 jobs.

This funding is part of the state government’s $12.4 million support package for the recycling industry and local government in response to China’s National Sword Policy.

According to the SA government, the funding delivered through Green Industries SA is expected to create and maintain more than 60 jobs and covers a broad range of recycling, waste management and resource recovery projects, including $1.5 million for infrastructure to improve recycling quality in recycling sorting facilities across SA.

Some of the projects include $300,000 to improve compost quality, $500,000 for innovative polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling systems, and more than $400,000 for infrastructure to assist with directly recovering and recycling plastic waste and other materials.

More than $200,000 has also been awarded to The Salvation Army to help divert unusable donated goods from landfill to energy recovery and create two new jobs. A funding round is also currently available to further support recycling infrastructure in the state.

“The charitable sector plays an important role in supporting resource efficiency principles and the circular economy. Reuse keeps materials circulating within the economy for longer. By prolonging their lifespan and making better use of the raw materials we’re embracing a more circular and sustainable vision for our state,” said David Speirs, minister for environment and water.

“The Marshall Liberal government funding of more than $2.7 million has been matched by the applicants, unlocking more than $8.78 million of investment for 10 projects that support an estimated 64.5 full time jobs. This investment is in addition to $3.245 million announced in October 2018, bringing the total investment so far to $5.967 million the state government has offered in the last few months to support South Australia’s recycling industry and local job creation.

“The investment also will help in the remanufacturing, reuse, and recovery sector and will help maintain the state’s “world-leading” diversion results, where 83.4 per cent of all their waste is reportedly diverted from landfill.

“China’s National Sword policy prohibiting the import of certain waste and recyclables was a catalyst to increase the quality of our recycled materials and develop local markets as a priority. This funding supports a range of projects in both the private sector and local government, across metropolitan and regional SA.”