Western Australia has been an early mover in partnering with the Australian Government to realise the importance of the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) and this week announced $70 million in joint funding that will drive a total investment of $174 in new recycling infrastructure for the West.
Grants have been awarded to local businesses with eight new projects aiming to process about 140,000 tonnes of tyre and plastic waste every year. There is $20 million from the RMF and $15 million from the State Government supporting the projects.
There is a further $15 million from the RMF and $15 million from the State for a wastepaper pulping facility that aims to process 100,000 of fibre a year.
The grants are a matching fund between the State and National Governments and industry, and further to the grants, Government estimates that industry will invest an additional $100 million in the projects.
The projects include the significant investment in plastics recovery, recycling, and reuse:
> The Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway: $9.5 million for plastics repurposing in Perth with a facility to process about 17,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.
> Chairay Sustainable Plastic Company: $5.6 million to construct a new 15,000 tonne per year plastics reprocessing plant and a 6,000 tonne sorting line for the Perth metropolitan region to recycle polyolefin and polyester plastics.
> D&M Waste Management: $800,000 to recover HDPE and PET waste plastics in Kwinana and HDPE in Karratha.
The tyre and recovery and recycling industry which, in order to meet the export ban by December 2021 has been awarded:
>Kariyarra – Tyrecycle Pty Ltd: A joint project with Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation and Tyrecycle, is receiving $6.9 million to recycle 27,000 tonnes of mining tyres in the Pilbara Region.
>Tyrecycle Pty Ltd: $5.2 million to invest in new equipment to produce 42,000 tonnes of tyre shred and 3,000 tonnes of tyre crumb in Perth metropolitan region.
>Complete Tyre Solutions Pty Ltd: $3.5 million to develop a 9,000-tonne capacity turnkey tyre recycling plant. The plant will process waste tyres including truck, car, construction and off-road tyres, into crumb rubber to use in the construction of local roads.
>4M Waste Pty Ltd: $2.9 million to expand its operations, allowing the recycling of up to 12,000 tonnes of used tyres annually as crumb rubber.
>Elan Energy Matrix Pty Ltd: $357,867 for a high capacity shredder to use in a process line, turning tyres into products such as oil, carbon char and milled steel.
All these projects represent a significant step change in recovery, reuse and recycling in Western Australia, supporting the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed position to phase out exports of mixed plastics and waste tyres not suitable for export to international destinations.
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