Joint media release: Recycling boom spells jobs for Victoria

18 January 2021

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment
Senator The Hon Jane Hume Senator for Victoria, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy
The Hon Lily D’ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes

The Morrison and Andrews Governments are turbo-charging Victoria’s recycling infrastructure, with a major investment that will double the state’s domestic glass recycling capacity, increase its plastic recycling by 40 per cent and create 350 jobs.

Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, represented by Senator for Victoria Jane Hume, and Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $8.1 million in first-round funding for seven glass and plastics projects under a joint $46 million recycling infrastructure initiative.

“The projects are the first tranche of a $46 million co-investment between the two governments under the Morrison Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund,” Minister Ley said.

“The Morrison Government is transforming Australia’s waste and recycling industry and I congratulate Victoria for its role in what will be a $1 billion transformation of Australia’s recycling industry.

“We are stimulating the economy by co-investing with states and with industry as we phase in bans on the export of waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres to protect the environment.”

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new infrastructure and sorting technology will massively increase Victoria’s recycling capacity. 

“Not only will these seven projects announced today create jobs, but they’ll redirect 205,000 tonnes of glass and 23,000 tonnes of plastic out of landfill every year - it’s a massive gamechanger.

“It means more jars, bottles and fibreglass made of recycled glass and plastic, which will also be used to build new roads and footpaths throughout Victoria.”

“Our investment in this new infrastructure is a big step in the right direction, generating more local jobs and new value from what would otherwise be waste.” 
Senator for Victoria Jane Hume said that the projects would support both metropolitan and regional Victoria.

“This is an important partnership between the Commonwealth, States and the private sector, and one that will deliver a welcomed and significant boost to the Victorian economy,” Senator Hume said.

The projects include a new metropolitan processing plant that will accept 140,000 tonnes of glass each year, a regional facility to separate glass kerbside co-mingled material, and equipment to produce a new patented system for concrete slab foundations made from 100% recycled plastic (processing 1,655 tonnes of plastic each year).  

A further $38 million of RMF co-funding with Victoria will be available through a new round under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (RVIF) which will open for applications on the 22nd March 2021 and close on the 7th May 2021.

The Recycling Modernisation Fund is part of the Australian Government’s $1 billion transformation of Australia’s waste and recycling industries.

The Victorian Government will distribute the funding through the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund, a key initiative of the Victorian Government’s ground-breaking $380 million Recycling Victoria policy, which is expanding Victoria’s capacity to recover quality materials for reuse. 

The $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund investment, and measures to support Australia’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, will create approximately 10,000 new jobs all around Australia over the next ten years. Additionally, 10 million tonnes of waste will no longer go to landfill.

For further information and a list of all projects visit: and