Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio has announced 19 projects will share in $2.6 million to support the use of recycled materials in infrastructure.
Funds will go to projects delivered by local councils and alpine resort management boards.
Around 338 new jobs will be supported across the 19 projects and around 2000 tonnes of recycled materials are expected to be used. These projects will see glass, plastic and rubber used in the construction of roads, footpaths, park furniture, drainage and pavements.
One such project in the City of Darebin will receive $300,000 in funding to upgrade the KP Hardiman Hockey Field. On this project recycled glass will be used in new concrete, recycled plastic will be used in asphalt and outdoor furniture and shock-pads installed underneath the artificial turf will be made from recycled tyres.
The Victorian Government has also allocated a further $1.8 million towards a Research and Development fund to increase the use of recycled materials across the economy.
Companies and research institutes can apply for grants between $75,000 and $300,000 to develop new products made from recycled materials.
“We’re reshaping our waste and recycling industry, driving job creation and putting valuable materials back into the economy,” D’Ambrosio said.
“Projects like this give old tyres and old materials a new life. This kind of innovation creates endless business opportunities and jobs.”