Tasmanian businesses Timberlink, Environex and Mitchell Plastic Welding have secured the latest round of Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) grants.
The grants, which are part of a $20.3 million program co-funded by the federal and state government to revolutionise the state’s recycling industry, will see 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste diverted from Tasmanian landfills and turned into valuable products.
“It is exciting to see innovation at the centre of these projects. Not only will they turn a waste product into something of value, but they will do so while creating more than 50 jobs for local business – it is good for the economy, good for jobs and good for the environment,” Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said.
Timber product manufacturer Timberlink will receive $5.8 million grant to increase its intake of high-density polyethylene plastic from locally-collected milk bottles to manufacture a wood plastic composite product used in home timber decking.
Plastics recycler Envorinex has secured $2.1 million to bolster its operations so it can process an extra 6000 tonnes of plastic. This will include the collection and recycling of medical sheeting, curtains and injection moulded products.
Mitchell Plastic Welding, which specialises, among other things, in manufacturing, plastic fabrication and repairs for the aquaculture, industrial and agricultural irrigation sectors, will receive $3 million to manufacture injection moulded products from waste plastics collected from the state’s prominent aquaculture sector.
The Tasmanian Environment Minister Roger Jaensch said the grants will help businesses invest in innovative new resource recovery technologies, which can only be be good for future waste challenges that state might face.
“Today’s investment, together with our commitment to introduce a state-wide waste levy and Container Refund Scheme, industrial composting and with other innovative resource recovery initiatives, means that we are better placed than ever before to meet our future waste challenges, and turn them into opportunities,” he said.