Recycling Projects To Support Businesses And Create Jobs

Source: Victorian Government.

Used coffee grounds equivalent to six million lattes will be composted into Victorian gardens as the Andrews Labor Government boosts funding for new and innovative projects to divert food waste from landfill.

Creative approaches such as bike repair sheds, neighbourhood compost hubs and mobile dishwashing stations to reduce single use plastics will inspire Victorians to see the many ways to reuse waste and find another life for items previously destined for landfill.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced grant recipients under the Recycling Victoria Councils and Communities Funds with more than $4 million in grants to be shared between 50 projects.

Not-for-profit organisation Reground has been awarded $170,000 to expand its program collecting used coffee grounds from the hospitality sector for use on local gardens. Reground will extend its service to more than 100 new businesses and divert more than 195 tonnes of coffee grounds from landfill in the first year alone.

The 50 funded projects led by not-for-profit organisations and councils will see councils and communities working together to deliver tangible community benefits, actively re-use materials diverted from landfill, and strengthen local economies through the creation of more than 70 jobs.

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Congratulations to Gippsland recipients

Recycling Victoria Communities Fund grants

Bairnsdale Sunrise Rotary

Establishing a mobile dishwashing station that will provide reusable crockery, cutlery and drinkware to stallholders, coffee vans and caterers at markets, festivals and events in and around the East Gippsland region

The project will also involve sending compost food waste from markets and large community events to local gardens and farms.

Funding: $59,351


Recycling Victoria Councils Fund grants

East Gippsland Shire Council

Description: Trialling the most effective composting methods to support the development of a regional composting facility

Funding: $20,000


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