The Andrews Labor Government is delivering another major boost to support the development of infrastructure across Victoria’s sustainability and recycling sectors.

Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced $72,100 for a project in Wyndham aimed at demonstrating the performance of recycled materials in concrete paths.

The project headed up by Swinburne University, in partnership with Wyndham City Council, will use previously funded Sustainability Victoria results to demonstrate the performance of recycled glass and plastics in concrete footpaths across Wyndham.

$1.5 million in funding will be provided to 10 research organisations across the state to explore new uses for recycled materials and to work with businesses or government to maximise their use. The Research, Development & Demonstration Program Grants will provide grants of $50,000 to $200,000 to each of the 10 research projects.

The program will work with the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University and the Australian Road Research Board, in collaboration with several major Victorian businesses to increase procurement of large volumes of recycled materials in to the commercial market.

The Labor Government has awarded a total of $15.1 million to support 47 projects under the three rounds of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund.

The Research, Development & Demonstration grants are part of the Labor Government’s broader $4.5 million Market Development program, which helps to develop new, strong domestic markets for Victoria’s recovered resources.

The Labor Government has also provided $4.8 million in funding for 20 recycling projects as part of the third round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund.

These projects are expected to create 155 jobs across Victoria and divert more than 350,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy

“The more recyclable material that we keep out of landfill, the better – and these projects will help us do that.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“These exciting projects will stop waste, boost the resource recovery industry and create jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“This is about strengthening our recycling system and ensuring material can be used locally.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“These grants will help develop a circular economy, maximising the reuse of materials and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”