Recycling and waste recovery initiatives across Victoria will receive a boost with a $3 million injection by the government.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, “said the funding would assist industry to implement new forms of recycling that would reduce the amount of waste headed to landfill.”
“New recycling methods are good for the environment and for business and we want to enable industry to adopt smarter recycling methods that benefit the environment, Mr Bull said.
A total of 16 individual projects across Victoria will receive funding from the Driving Investment for New Recycling Fund, including projects to recycle expanded polystyrene packaging and plastic film, light globes containing mercury, and timber.
Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA) industry body executive director, Brendan Blomeley, welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of grant support to fund the recycling of polystyrene.
“Expanded polystyrene is 100 per cent recyclable and the industry has long been calling for support from government to ensure it is recycled and does not end up in landfill,” Mr Blomeley said.
“This is an excellent outcome for our industry and the environment and the government deserves to be duly congratulated.”
Mr Bull said, “the government is committed to establishing a recycling industry in Victoria which will lead to the creation of both investment and jobs in the sector, as part of a worldwide trend towards minimising waste going into landfills.”
The 16 projects under the Driving Investment for New Recycling Fund will attract a total investment of $9 million and result in more than 50 full time jobs.