New funding to increase Victoria’s recycling capacity and capability

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The Australian and Victorian governments are releasing new funding to support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy by partnering with organisations to deliver new and upgraded recycling infrastructure and increase Victoria’s capacity to recover high quality materials.

Two funding opportunities are now open: Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund and Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials

Businesses (including international), not-for-profit organisations and local government are encouraged to apply.


Only one application is required to apply for both funding opportunities. Sustainability Victoria will determine which fund projects are eligible for and assessed under, in consultation with the Australian Government.

Applications close: 11:59 pm, Friday 7 May 2021.

More information about the application process is available on our website.

Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund

Funding is available to projects that will address the impacts of the national waste export bans for paper and cardboard, plastics, glass and tyres in the Victorian recycling system by:

  • building or upgrading infrastructure
  • improving processing capacity
  • increasing the use of recycled materials in manufacturing or infrastructure.

Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials

Funding is available for projects that improve or increase reprocessing, re-manufacturing and end-market capacity for paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, tyres, organics and textiles.

The projects will support the delivery of the Recycling Victoria policy and achieve state priorities for the resource recovery sector by:

  • increasing local recovery and reprocessing of priority materials
  • increasing the use and market demand of recovered materials in re-manufacturing reducing the amount and environmental impact of waste going to landfill.
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