Funding for innovative recycling
VITAL funding is set to be delivered to help Queensland business, industry, and local government adopt innovative resource recovery and recycling options.
Environment Minister Vicky Darling met with glass recycler Colmax at Rocklea today to announce the grants program.
"Grants of up to $5 million will be available for successful applicants to improve sorting and recovery processes," Ms Darling said.
"This Waste Infrastructure Grant program will help business, industry and local government improve sorting and recovery processes, creating local jobs and cost-effective methods to divert millions of tonnes of waste away from landfill."
She said the four-year program was specifically designed to assist with the purchase of equipment such as shredders, crushers and balers to improve or upgrade recycling facilities, or even completely new facilities such as material recovery facilities.
Applications open on February 13 and eligible businesses can start preparing now so they can apply straight away come February.
Ms Darling said the grants would match - dollar for dollar up to $5 million - money invested by successful applicants in increasing their organisation's recycling rates.
"The money will fund the purchase of equipment to reduce levels of waste production and divert materials from landfill, leading to more materials being recovered, reused, recycled and reprocessed," she said.
"The grants will boost investment in fixed or mobile infrastructure that directly assists transfer stations, materials recovery facilities and recycling centres to improve sorting and recovery processes, create jobs and cost effectively diverts new tonnes of waste from landfill.
"The program will help fill immediate gaps in regional areas that require waste infrastructure, support efficient waste and recycling industries and associated jobs and increase recovery of priority materials such as tyres, organics and construction and demolition wastes."
Ms Darling said businesses were particularly encouraged to apply for the grants which would be available to organisations whose core activities may not relate directly to waste management or recycling.
"We are hoping this will create new partnerships within communities, between businesses, private and public joint ventures, along with projects within existing recycling facilities.
"This is a great opportunity to deliver some of the missing pieces of equipment that will help meet waste management needs in regional Queensland," she said.
Further information about the waste reforms can be found at derm.qld.gov.au/waste
To receive regular information about waste management support programs for business please go to derm.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/waste/business_waste/business-register.html