Investment in the Resource Recovery Sector
Building the capacity of Tasmania's resource recovery sector to process or use waste materials is central to responding to the COAG export bans on certain types of unprocessed waste, and for addressing key challenges in the Tasmanian and broader Australian waste and resource recovery space.
Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund
Closed 31 March 2022
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.
Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest
Closed on 31 January 2022
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.
Applications for the Expression of Interest closed on Monday 31 January 2022. An update will be provided when the assessment process is complete. For more information about the Expression of Interest, see the Guidelines below.
Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants
In 2021, Timberlink, Envorinex and I M Holdings (Tas) were selected from nine Tasmanian applications to the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants program. The Australian Government, through its Recycling Modernisation Fund
, provided $5.5 million, which was matched by $5.5 million from the Tasmanian Government. Further matching funding (or better) was being provided by the project applicants, which will resulted in $20 million being invested into Tasmania’s plastics recycling and remanufacturing.