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Queensland Government unveils $45m for recycling projects

The Miles Government has announced a $45 million investment to support resource recovery and recycling businesses in developing large-scale, high-volume projects.

Launched on the Gold Coast during a Community Cabinet meeting, the funding aims to enhance Queensland’s recycling capacity and meet ambitious waste-diversion targets.

It is a significant step in the Queensland Government’s plan to bolster the recycling industry, create jobs, and support a clean energy future.

Under this initiative, which is part of the Queensland Government’s $2.1 billion waste and resource recovery package, individual projects can receive up to $10 million each, focusing on commercial and industrial waste, as well as recycling solutions for renewable energy technologies, electrical and electronic products, and batteries.

This also includes $1 billion in household waste levy rebates for Queensland councils and the $1.1 billion Recycling and Jobs Fund.

State Development Minister Grace highlighted the impact of this initiative during a visit to BMI Group’s Stapylton Resource Recovery Centre, a facility that diverts over 185,530 tonnes of waste from landfill annually.

The centre, which received a $2 million grant from the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP),  commissioned a $5.92 million Construction and Demolition plant.

This has created over 16 full-time jobs and produces valuable materials such as road base and chipped timber for landscaping.

“This government envisions Queensland as a zero-waste community where waste is avoided, reused, recycled, and remanufactured to the greatest extent possible,” said Grace. “To achieve our 2030 waste diversion targets, we are concentrating efforts on large-scale projects with co-investment from the Miles Government.”

Environment Minister Leanne Linard emphasised the environmental and economic benefits of increased recycling. “This funding will boost our recycling sector’s capacity, particularly for end-of-life electrical and electronic products.”

“Recycling not only protects our environment but also generates more jobs compared to landfill.”

Businesses are able to apply for up to $10 million to support projects that provide recycling solutions for renewable energy components, recover end-of-life e-waste, or target mixed commercial and industrial waste streams.

The Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy sets ambitious targets to divert more waste from landfill and increase recycling, supported by the Queensland Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

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