The Victorian Government is reducing the risks of hazardous waste storage by establishing a new recycling facility in Dandenong. The facility is expected to be able to process a third of the state’s solvent waste each year.
The $9 million recycling facility, built by Remondis Australia will be the biggest of its kind in Victoria and among the largest in the country, according to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio.
The facility will be designed to give cleaning solvents, inks and paints a second life, turning them into products that can be re-used by industry, such as secondary cleaning liquids used in spray guns, alternative fuels and raw solvent material.
D’Ambrosio added that it will put a massive dent into the 29,000 tonnes of recyclable liquid hazardous waste that is disposed of each year in Victoria, while reducing the need for storage which carries fire, health and environmental risks if managed inappropriately.
“We’re taking the important steps needed to reduce the risks of hazardous waste management – recycling it where we can means we’re building a cleaner, greener state – creating jobs and generating new value for the Victorian economy,” she said.
“To have Remondis expand their existing operations to include hazardous waste recycling is great news, it means more local jobs and reducing Victoria’s dependency on raw materials,” Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams added.
Three distillation units
Remondis Australia will build three distillation units within the new facility which will be able to process up to 9,600 tonnes of hazardous solvent waste once up and running in 2024.
The Government is contributing $1.3 million to the project, with a further $10.2 million available for companies looking to invest in hazardous waste management.
It’s part of the Government’s record funding of $380 million to establish the Recycling Victoria action plan, transforming the state’s recycling sector, reducing waste, creating thousands of jobs and setting up Victoria for a more sustainable future.
An extra $11.3 million is also currently available to help Victorians find smarter ways to minimise, repurpose and appropriately dispose of waste and prevent the dumping of unwanted household goods.
Councils, not-for-profits and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 for projects like repair sheds, communal gardens and tool libraries.