$7 Million Recycling Boost For Regional And Remote Australia

Source: Sustainability Matters.

The Australian Government has announced $7 million in funding to help build new or expand existing recycling facilities to deal with waste glass, plastics, tyres and paper in regional and remote Australia. It is hoped that the funding will close the gap in the city–country imbalance when it comes to recycling opportunities.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said: “I come from a regional area that is very progressive when it comes to waste and recycling, but there are just over 630,000 Australians who do not have access to any form of kerbside recycling.”

The funding under the Recycling Modernisation Fund will be in addition to the 23 projects that have already been identified in regional and remote Australia through joint funding with state governments (value $39 million).

According to Ley, the government is prepared to invest in opportunities that could range from community sorting stations to AI technology, with a co-investment value from $10,000 to $1 million.

The Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, said the government recognises the constraints on waste collection, sorting and processing faced by communities where kerbside collection is not feasible.

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