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Sustainability Victoria Recycling Industry Transition Grants now open

By  MRA Consulting Group

Sustainability Victoria has opened a $1M Recycling Industry Transition Support (RITS) package, a component of the $13M support package for councils and the recycling industry announced on 23 February 2018 to support the industry following the implementation of China’s National Sword.

The new grants aim to support Victoria’s resource recovery sector to rapidly improve its capability and capacity to recover and reprocess plastics, paper and cardboard (PPC) waste to a commercial grade, enabling supply to more local and international markets.

Table 1 – Recycling Industry Transition Support Grant summary

Applicant type Project requirements Funding per applicant Closing date
Recovery and reprocessing operators, inc. those wholly or part-owned by local government authorities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.

Project must take place in Victoria.

Business must have been operating in Australia for 12 months.

Infrastructure, equipment and process upgrades to support greater sorting, decontamination, washing, granulating, pelletising of PPC waste to supply domestic manufacturers and export markets.

Storage and consolidation infrastructure to allow for the short-term and safe storage of recovered PPC waste, that: stores PPC waste materials for no more than 12 months and has a demonstrated path to reprocessing into commercial grade product.

Projects must be completed within 12 months of signing the funding agreement.

Between $50,000 and $500,000, 50% of capital costs. In-kind contribution accepted: max. 25% for SMEs and max. 10% for large enterprises.

What will be funded?
Infrastructure (equipment), sheds, buildings and process upgrades.

What will not be funded?
Ongoing operational costs, feasibility studies, projects that do not meet the eligibility criteria or requirements, land acquisition, requests for retrospective funding.

Assessed on a month-to-month basis, accepted until 6pm on the 8th of each month.

Due dates:

MRA has submitted more than 140 grant applications to date, winning more than $40m in funding for our clients.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact us at or on (02) 8541 6169.

MRA can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success.

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