Investment in the Resource Recovery Sector

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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.


Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest

​Open to 31 January 2022

The Tasmanian Government invites 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 is 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 close on Monday 31 January 2022. For more information and how to apply, please see the Guidelines - Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest below. 

 Guidelines - Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest (PDF 306Kb)

Further information about organic waste in Tasmania can be found on the Understanding Organic Waste​​ page. ​​


​Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund

​​Open to 28 February 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 above. 

The Tasmanian Government will consider partnering with a suitable Tasmanian business – such as from the Southern Organic Waste Processing Expression of Interest – in applying to the Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund. 

Further information on ​the Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund can be found on the Australian Government Dep​​​artment of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment web​site​. ​


Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants

​Closed 

The following Tasmanian businesses were selected from nine applications to the Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants progra​m. 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) is being provided by the project applicants, which will result in $20 million being invested into Tasmania’s plastics recycling and remanufacturing. 

Successful Projects

Timberlink Wood Plastic Comp​​osite decking manufacturing facility

Timberlink, which operates a state-of-the art plantation timber processing facility in northern Tasmania, has been offered a grant of $5.8 million to build a facility to manufacture Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking and other WPC products. This will be only the second plant of its type in Australia and will supply growing demand in the home upgrade market. This will see over 1,300 tonnes a year of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic recycled and mixed with wood waste from Timberlink’s mill to make the WPC products. The HDPE pellets will be produced by another Tasmanian company (Envorinex) using containers, such as milk bottles, collected in Tasmania. This is a great example of increasing the value of a recycled product made in Tasmania to be used by another Tasmanian business.


Envorinex multi-material rec​ycling facility

Envorinex, a Tasmanian company, has been offered $2.1 million to improve their existing Bell Bay and George Town facilities to reprocess waste plastic (high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)). This will result in 6,400 tonnes of pelletised plastic and/or remanufactured products being created each year in Tasmania. Projects include the collection and recycling of PP sterilisation wrap and curtains in partnership with GreenMed to create injection moulded products for use in hospitals. The company will also establish new waste recovery programs in partnership with Tasmanian milk companies, motels, restaurants, coffee shops, schools and beauty salons to recover HDPE containers to be pelletised for use in the Timberlink WPC product. Other products will include manufacturing a recyclable transport framing/protection system for pipes to be made from recycled PVC in partnership with Earth-Eco and the recovery and pelletising of waste flowerpots made from PP. Many of these products can again be recycled when at the end of their functional life.


Mitchell Plastic Welding Integrat​ed mixed plastic recycling and manufacturing facility

Mitchell Plastic Welding, a Tasmanian company, has been offered just over $3 million to develop a waste plastics processing and manufacturing plant. At full capacity, this will be capable of processing 7,200 tonnes of plastic per annum into injection moulded products. Initially, waste plastic from the aquaculture sector will be remanufactured back into components for aquaculture cages. As the capacity is ramped up over subsequent years, a range of waste plastics would be collected, reprocessed, and made into products for the agriculture and construction industries. 

Note: The figures on plastic processing and remanufacturing provided above are for the facilities when at maximum production, which will take several years to be achieved.   


Contact

Waste Initiatives
Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: Waste.Initiatives@nre.tas.gov.au