Waste & Resource Recovery

SA government to loan $3m to reboot local plastics recycling business

The South Australian government have announced that it will loan $3 million to reboot a plastics recycling business in a bid to help ease the stress felt by kerbside collectors in the state.

The money will help to boost the redevelopment of the Adelaide-based Recycling Plastics Australia (RPA) business – who process low-grade waste and turns it into granules that can be reprocessed into industrial products – into an export-ready facility.

The funding will be added to RPA’s $9.5 million investment in advanced manufacturing and sorting equipment.

“China’s ban on taking recycling from Australia has put the kerbside collection system and recycling under extreme stress,” Stephen Scherer, RPA general manager, told SBS News.

“This initiative provides an outlet for 25,000 tonnes of mixed plastic that’s been stockpiled or landfilled.”

According to the state government, China’s ban had limited the type and quality of plastic that it accepted, which means the South-East Asian market had a shortage of certain plastics as raw materials. RPA aims to reprocess waste plastic into those raw minerals in a market-ready form.