Joint media release: Plastic recycling solutions right for Australia

21 March 2022

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister
The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment
The Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management

The Morrison Government is driving new investment in sophisticated recycling technology and 
infrastructure, boosting the Recycling Modernisation Fund to $250 million with a $60 million new 
funding stream targeted at advanced plastic recycling technology that will tackle problematic plastics 
like bread bags and chip packets.

The investment, included in this month’s Federal Budget, builds on the $190 million Recycling 
Modernisation Fund (RMF) which is driving a $1 billion transformation of the waste and recycling 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government is committed to stopping harmful plastics from 
entering our oceans, choking up our waterways and destroying our marine life.

“This new funding stream, dedicated to helping solve the problem of hard to recycle plastic waste, 
demonstrates our determination to invest in Australian industry, to growing the recycling sector and 
to creating a stronger economy and stronger future for Australia,” the Prime Minister said.

“Three years ago I made a commitment at the UN to stop plastic waste from entering our oceans, a 
commitment that has sparked a recycling revolution in Australia.

“That same commitment has supported investment in state-of-the-art recycling technology across 
Australia, technology that protects the environment, boosts the economy and creates jobs.”
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the new round of funding will fast-track access to new 
innovative waste technology, supporting a pipeline of plastic products ReMade in Australia.

“The time to act on hard to recycle plastics is now - fast-tracking advanced recycling infrastructure 
will help the industry recycle more of the 1 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste we generate 
every year -creating valuable new products while keeping problematic waste out of landfill,” 
Minister Ley said.

“This Government has placed waste firmly on the national agenda, through our transformation of 
the recycling sector, landmark waste legislation, National Plastics Plan and through our leadership at 
the recent UN Environmental Assembly on stopping plastic waste from entering our oceans.

“Australia has set a high bar as the first country in the world to ban the export of waste plastic, we 
will continue to take strong action on plastics in our own backyard by investing in technology, 
manufacturing capability and jobs.”

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Trevor Evans said the new 
round of funding will help increase plastic recycling rates with more access to plastic feedstock.

“The latest round of funding under the Recycling Modernisation Fund will create new demand for 
recycled materials, giving consumers the confidence that the products they buy are made from 
recycled content,” Assistant Minister Evans said.

“It will also help drive progress on our targets to have 70 per cent of our plastic packaging recycled 
or composted and 50 per cent of average recycled content in packaging by 2025.”