Waste Data Readiness Grant Program 2023
The Tasmanian Government committed $1 million to the Waste Data Readiness Grant Program; a program that assisted operators of resource recovery facilities with the cost of modifying business systems and infrastructure to be able to comply with new legislative requirements.
From 01 July 2024 the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022 requires operators of facilities which receive or are likely to receive more than 1,000 tonnes and less than 10,000 tonnes of waste per year, to record and report the movement of waste into and out of their facility.
If you are the operator of a resource recovery facility which receives between 1,000 and 10,000 tonnes of waste annually, please contact the Waste Levy & Data team to register your facility and obtain further information about how the legislative requirements relate to your facility.
Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics Technology Stream) Funding
The Australian Government is investing in Australia’s recycling infrastructure, through a new $60 million national funding program.
- The Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) Plastics Technology stream aims to:
- Significantly increase recycling and recovery rates of hard-to-recycle plastics;
- Build domestic and international confidence to invest in recycling infrastructure in Australia;
- Support a safe circular economy for plastics in Australia to transform waste plastic into valuable new products, such as food-grade plastic packaging;
- Support long-term job creation and a more highly skilled workforce in the Australian recycling industry; and
- Protect our environment through reduced plastic pollution.
The Tasmanian Government in collaboration with the Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Board committed up to $1.2 million from the Tasmanian Waste Levy to support high-value applications for funding through this program.
Applications for projects located in Tasmania were open from 27 July 2023 to 8 September 2023. Applications are now closed and despite extensive engagement no applications were received.
Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund
Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics)
Round 2 of the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grant Program will provide up to $1.26 million over the next two years to eligible recycling projects located in Tasmania.
Successful applicants to the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Round 2 are yet to be announced.
The Australian Government, through its Recycling Modernisation Fund, provided $5.5 million, which was matched by $5.5 million from the Tasmanian Government to support the increase of recycling and remanufacturing of plastics in Tasmania.
Further matching funding, or better, is being provided by the successful project applicants, which will result in $20 million being invested into Tasmania's plastics recycling and remanufacturing.
In 2021, Timberlink and I M Holdings (Tas) were selected from nine Tasmanian applications to the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Round 1 Grants program.
Plantation timber processing facility Timberlink, based in northern Tasmania, were offered a grant of $5.8 million to build a facility to manufacture Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking and other WPC products.
I M Holdings (Tas) Pty Ltd were offered just over $3 million to develop a waste plastics processing and manufacturing plant. Initially, waste plastic from the aquaculture sector will be remanufactured back into components for aquaculture cages. In the coming years, the plant will be able to collect a range of waste plastics, reprocess them, and make them into products for the agriculture and construction industries.
Waste Tyre Reprocessing Grant Program: Roads to Resource Recovery
The Tasmanian Government is committed to investing in our resource recovery sector as we build our circular economy. Key to this is the Government’s commitment to undertake capital and project investment to help address the issue of waste tyres in Tasmania. Through this one-off grant program the Tasmanian Government is providing up to $3 million in funding to support industry to invest The Tasmanian Government is committed to investing in our resource recovery sector as we build our circular economy. Key to this is the Government’s commitment to undertake capital and project investment to help address the issue of waste tyres in Tasmania. Through this one-off grant program the Tasmanian Government is providing up to $3 million in funding to support industry to invest in a crumbed rubber plant to produce materials for reuse in road surfacing, and to identify genuine sustainable solutions for recovery of end-of-life waste tyres in Tasmania.
In May 2021 the Australian Government announced the National Soils Strategy, which includes a $67 million Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund. The Fund aims to support the diversion of nutrient-rich household and commercial organic waste from landfill to soils, with investments to build new or enhance existing organic waste processing infrastructure to improve product quality or increase capacity, and supporting elements including:
updating Australia’s compost standards to ensure the compost products are fit for purpose
undertaking community and industry education initiatives to reduce contamination in municipal and commercial organic waste streams, and
stimulating end-market demand, especially within the agriculture sector.
The Tasmanian Government supports the expansion of organic waste processing in Tasmania, and has committed to investing to improve and increase Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) reprocessing capacity across the State – see Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest.
The Tasmanian Government with an Industry Partner has submitted an application to the second intake of the Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund. The Federal Minister for the Environment decision on successful second intake projects is expected in June 2022.
Further information on the Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund can be found on the
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment website.
Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest
The Tasmanian Government invited proposals for capital investment to establish or upgrade organics processing infrastructure in the region of southern Tasmania. Total funding of up to $3 million over two years was available for selected proponents that meet the eligibility and merit criteria. The key objective of the Expression of Interest is to improve and increase processing capacity in southern Tasmania for food organics garden organics (FOGO), commercial organics, and industrial organics.
The Tasmanian Government has set a target to reduce the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 50 per cent by 2030, consistent with the national target in the National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019.
B G & J M Barwick Pty Ltd (Barwick's) was the successful applicant receiving $3 million in grant funding.