A fund to support the greater use of recycled materials in manufacturing has been launched by the state of Queensland in Australia.
The government’s overall AU$ 1.1 billion (EUR 670 000 million) Recycling and Jobs Fund includes AU$ 10 million to support industry to remanufacture recycled materials. Grant funding between US$ 50 000 and AU$ 2.5 million will support projects that increase the reuse of existing recycled material streams in manufacturing or enable diversification to remanufacture new waste streams.
Known as ReMiQ, the programme will drive the manufacturing sector’s delivery on the Queensland Government’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy, which aims to recover 80% of all waste and achieve 65% recycling rates across all waste types by 2030.
Guidelines for the new grant round are now available on the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water’s website. Manufacturing minister Glenn Butcher says: ‘Helping our manufacturing industry adopt greener practices that are good for business and the environment is a significant step in the journey.’
‘We know that there is a growing demand for manufacturers to demonstrate sustainability measures and this grant is just one more way the Miles Government is backing Queensland manufacturers to be globally competitive.’
Graham Ross, director or textile recycler BlockTexx, adds: ‘We know how important it is to reduce waste heading to landfill and transition to smarter, more sustainable ways of working.
‘Remanufacturing offers us the ability to do both, and support from the Queensland Government will enable small-to-medium sized Queensland businesses to be globally competitive in this area.’