Friday, February 23, 2024

$2m round of recycling funding opens for Victorian councils

The Victorian Government has today announced $2 million in funding for new local recycling projects.

Minister for Environment, Ingrid Stitt said the opening of the third round of the Circular Economy Councils Fund will support councils to increase recycling capacity and divert tonnes of waste from landfill.

“Our ambitious plans and record investment are helping make Victoria cleaner and more sustainable – creating jobs and supporting the economy at the same time,” said Minister Stitt.

“We’re supporting councils to develop local projects that help people think of waste differently, developing creative local solutions that reuse precious resources.

 “These projects will mean more materials are being reused, repurposed and recycled, which brings us closer to reaching our target of diverting 80% of waste from landfill by 2030.”

Projects eligible for funding include initiatives that seek to increase the reuse, repurposing and recycling of materials at local or regional scale, helping to meet the Government’s target to divert 80% of waste from landfill by 2030.

So far, more than 50 projects across Victoria have been supported by $3.8 million in State Government funding.

Previous projects include a mattress recycling program in Swan Hill, a recycling library in Wyndham where residents can borrow re-used gardening, sporting and camping equipment, a composting facility in Bairnsdale and a food organics collection service for multi-storey buildings in Melbourne.

The projects are estimated to have prevented more than 55,000 tonnes of waste going to landfill and created 60 jobs.

All Victorian councils and Alpine Resorts can apply for grants to develop projects.

For more information, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/circular-economy-councils-fund-round-3.

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