VIC businesses receive $5m waste windfall, jobs boost

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Victorian businesses will benefit from a $5 million windfall that aims to expand operations around product recovery and the reduction of waste.

The government funding will drive economic growth, create hobs and keep problem waste products out of landfills.

Round two of funding for the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Grant was announced by minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, who unveiled the first round of grants in July.

This second round of grants will benefit regional initiatives and delivery of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan and six Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans across Victoria.

“This funding will go directly to supporting initiatives in regional Victoria so they can implement regional programs to deliver jobs, increase productivity and reduce waste going to our landfills,” D’Ambrosio said.

“I encourage businesses and councils in the region to take advantage of the support available to expand and improve their capacity to be innovative in turning waste into new products.”

Sustainability Victoria is overseeing the grants, including the 14 projects from round one, all of them managing waste from metropolitan Melbourne.

One project turns plastic bags into things like park benches, decks and bridges; another will use a state of the art washing facility to treat problematic materials; another to recover organic food waste with the help of dehydration units.

All will reduce landfill by over 200,000 tonnes a year and create 90 new jobs in Victoria.