South Australia announces recycling investment


The South Australian Government has announced over $3 million in new funding for over 17 new recycling infrastructure projects across the state.

The $3.2 million in funding has been announced in response to the tightening of the global recycling industry caused by China’s National Sword Policy, which significantly curbed the country’s intake of foreign recyclable matter.

The $3,245,231 funding delivered through Green Industries SA is estimated to create and maintain 36 full time jobs, and covers a broad range of recycling, waste management and resource recovery projects including:

  • More than $600,000 for infrastructure dealing directly with recovering and recycling plastic waste

  • $424,750 for improved Material Recovery Facilities in Mt Gambier

  • $357,000 for end of life vehicle recycling

  • $250,000 for infrastructure to recycle post consumer paper into the Australian market

“This investment in the remanufacturing, re-use, and recovery sector helps maintain our world leading diversion results, where 83.4 per cent of all our waste is diverted from landfill,” State Minister for the Environment David Speirs said.

“China’s National Sword policy was a catalyst to increase the quality of our recycled materials and develop local markets as a priority. This funding supports a range of projects in both the private sector and local government, across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“The State Government funding of more than $3.2 million has been matched by the applicants, unlocking more than $7.9 million of investment for 17 projects that support an estimated 36 full time jobs”

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