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Victoria invests in drum pulper technology

Victoria has invested in drum pulper technology that will help with mixed waste paper processing due to a $24 million joint investment from the federal and state governments and a $13 million investment from Visy Industries.

Federal Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, said the purchase of the drum pulper technology, the first of its kind in Australia, will set a new standard for paper recycling, boosting Victoria’s capacity for paper and cardboard sorting.

“The…Government has placed waste firmly on the national agenda through the $190 Recycling Modernisation Fund and through our historic export bans on waste paper, plastic, tyres and glass,” Ley said. “Our export ban for waste paper starts in 2024 but we need to work on solutions now and where we have resources like paper that can be recycled, we need to get them out of landfill and into our waste facilities.

“Visy Industries, which has made a significant investment, will install the drum pulper at its Coolaroo Paper Mill, increasing its capacity to process an additional 95,000 tonnes of waste paper per year, which will produce a high-quality recovered material that can be manufactured back into new paper products.”

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new drum pulper will divert around 4,000 semi-trailer truck loads of waste paper and cardboard each year from landfill and recycle it back into paper. This will create new products from pizza boxes to plasterboard lining used in construction.

“This Visy facility will create more than 100 jobs in construction, and when it’s completed, it will process around 60 per cent of Victoria’s curbside paper and cardboard recycling,” said D’Ambrosio

“This expanded facility will see an increase of more than 40 per cent in the amount of paper and cardboard we recycle in Victoria. This will keep more waste out of landfill and keep our recycling solutions local, so more Victorian businesses can benefit.”