January 18, 2021

Victoria’s domestic glass recycling capacity will be doubled, its plastics recycling increased by 40 per cent and 350 jobs are to be created as the Morrison and Andrews Governments turbocharge investments in recycling infrastructure.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said Warrnambool would be a direct beneficiary with the construction of a local recycling facility to separate glass from kerbside commingled material.

“Wheelie Waste Pty Ltd will separate, decontaminate and crush material at the plant creating jobs both during construction and through the ongoing running of the plant,” Mr Tehan said.

“Through the Recycling Modernisation Fund the Morrison and Andrews’ governments are cofunding what will be a $ 2 million project with the company and local government to stimulate the local economy and help our environment.”

Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley and Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $8.1 million in first round funding for seven glass and plastics projects under the Morrison Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF).

“The projects are the first tranche of a $46 million co-investment between the two governments under the RMF,” Minister Ley said.

“The Morrison Government is transforming Australia’s waste and recycling industry and I congratulate Victoria for its role in what will be a $1 billion transformation of Australia’s recycling industry.

“We are stimulating the economy by co-investing with states and with industry as we phase in bans on the export of waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres to protect the environment.”

The seven Victorian projects also include a new metropolitan processing plant that will accept 140,000 tonnes of glass each year and a new patented system for concrete slab foundations made from 100% recycled plastic (processing 1,655 tonnes of plastic each year).

A further $38 million of RMF co-funding with Victoria will be available through a new round under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (RVIF) which will open for applications on the 22nd March 2021 and close on the 7th May 2021.

The Recycling Modernisation Fund is part of the Australian Government’s $1 billion transformation of Australia’s waste and recycling industries.

The $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund investment, and measures to support Australia’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, will create approximately 10,000 new jobs all around Australia over the next ten years. Additionally, 10 million tonnes of waste will no longer go to landfill.

For further information and a list of all projects visit: https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste/how-we-manage-waste/recycling-modernisation-fund and vic.gov.au/transforming-recycling-victoria

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