Relief on the way for struggling Victorian recyclers

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 19th March 2018

One million dollars’ worth of funding has been set aside to help Victorian recyclers cope with China’s decision to restrict its intake of foreign waste.

From 1 January 2018, China stopped accepting certain waste from outside its country in attempts to control waste build up. The decision has however had a serious impact on some local Australian councils and recycling collectors who have long been sending material to China.

Since the ban came into effect, some local councils and recycling collectors have been forced to stockpile recycling with nowhere for it to go.

Sustainability Victoria, a Victorian Government department that facilitates and promotes environmental sustainability, is now offering a total one million dollars to help alleviate the situation.

Funding is available to Victorian recycling businesses that recover, handle and process household recycling. Each individual business can receive a maximum of AUD $500, 000 in funding.

Sustainability Victoria said funding will help fast-track development of new infrastructure that improves the quality of recovered paper, cardboard and plastic.

Businesses interested in the funding opportunity can visit Sustainability Victoria’s website to register their interest.