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Grants open up for Victorian recycling projects

The Victorian Government is making an investment in regional recycling infrastructure, by offering grants to help create local circular economies and regional jobs.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio opened round one of the $40.9 million Regional Recycling Fund that will strengthen regional Victoria’s recycling network.

Grants of up to $500,000 are available to upgrade regionally resource recovery centres for recyclable materials including cardboard, plastic, paper, glass and mixed recyclables.

The $10 million available for round one of the program can also be used to fund infrastructure investment that will help smaller facilities operate at a larger scale.

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Future funding will support further upgrades and new regional material recovery facilities and will be informed by the development of Regional Circular Economy Plans. These plans will bring together regional councils and identify local recycling opportunities that optimise Victoria’s resource recovery and transfer station network.

Local councils and private operators are invited to apply. Private operators will be asked to contribute $3 for every $1 received through the program.

This fund is part of the Government’s $515 million investment towards delivering the biggest ever transformation of the state’s waste and recycling industry, including major reforms like the new four service household recycling system and the container deposit scheme.

Applications for round one of the Regional Recycling Fund are open until 4pm on 9 March 2022. More information is available at www.vic.gov.au/regional-recycling-fund

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