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How Sustainability Victoria is tackling priority recycled waste

Victorian infrastructure projects which use recycled materials and create local jobs are being boosted by $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants. Local Victorian governments are expected to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, presenting a significant opportunity to increase their use of recycled materials.

Grants of up to $300,000 are now open to local councils and alpine resort management boards to use recycled materials such as glass, paper, cardboard, plastics and rubber to build new infrastructure including roads, footpaths, outdoor park equipment, drainages and cycleways.

The grants are supported by the Government’s previous $4.5 million investment in the development and use of new recycled products through the Research, Development and Demonstration program – increasing the uptake of recycled products, improving market confidence and demand, and supporting innovation.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund supports the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy and 10-year action plan, Recycling Victoria.

Recycling Victoria will invest more than $300 million to:

  • transform its recycling sector
  • reduce waste
  • create thousands of jobs
  • set Victoria up for a more sustainable future

Grants in action

When the minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio launched the fund, she cited a $200,000 Research, Development and Demonstration Grant which had been awarded in October 2018. The project was a partnership between the Government, Boral, City of Whitehorse and RMIT University which developed an environmentally friendly concrete mix by utilising recycled plastics and crumb rubber.

As a result, the concrete mix will be used for a new footpath in Ailsa Street, Box Hill South in late August.

Grant applications for this round of funding close 3 pm, 8 October 2020.

This is the first of three funding rounds. Round 2 is planned for an October release and round 3 in January 2021.