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Driving Innovation In New Markets

26 November 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is offering grants of up to $100,000 for research institutes and industry to undertake collaborative research projects to develop new markets for recovered resources.

Funding is provided through Sustainability Victoria’s Research and Development program which supports collaborations between research institutes and industry to encourage innovation in this area.

The grants are supporting industry to find and establish new markets for recovered materials such as glass fines and flexible plastic which is critical in providing positive economic returns for Victoria.

Successful recipients will undertake research and development projects that will lead to an increase in the use of recovered glass fines or flexible plastics in new or existing products, or provide an opportunity for innovative processing approaches.

Sustainability Victoria will publish research findings from the program to inform broader manufacturing industries of the opportunities to incorporate recovered glass fines and flexible plastics into new product developments.

This funding program supports the aims of the recently released Draft Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources to stimulate markets for the use of recovered resources, increase job creation, develop quality products for end markets, and increase investment in products made from recovered resources.

Applications close on 6 January, 2016. For more information or to download an application form, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville

“This grants program will focus on ways to maximise the use of glass fines and flexible plastics for end markets, ultimately reducing the amount of these materials going to landfill.”

“These two waste materials were identified from a series of market analysis reports as priority items for market development.”

“The waste and recovery industry provides $2.2 billion to the Victorian economy and we will continue to invest to ensure we see more jobs created.

“Both materials are generally challenging to reprocess and it can be difficult to recycle them into high value products.”

Reviewed 10 February 2021

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