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South Australia pumps millions into modernising its recycling sector

South Australia’s recycling industry is to receive investment of AU$ 30 million (EUR 19 million) with state legislators supporting the National Partnership on Recycling Infrastructure.

The national government’s AU$ 190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund is expected to generate more than AU$ 600 million in infrastructure investment for the waste management and resource recovery sector.

‘This multi-million dollar partnership between the Morrison Coalition Government and Marshall Liberal Governments will be a significant boost for South Australian’s recycling industry and will help support our commitment to stop Australia’s unprocessed waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres being sent overseas for disposal,’ says Environment federal minister Sussan Ley.

‘Expressions of interest are now being sought from industry, local government and non-government organisations who stand ready to commit at least one-third of the project cost,’ she says. ‘The co-funding model gives everyone skin in the recycling game and will increase the supply of high-quality recycled materials available for business and industry.’

South Australian Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs believes the new funding will cement the region’s reputation as a national leader in waste management. He notes that 83.8% of all waste generated is being diverted from landfill while more than 4 800 people are currently employed in South Australia’s waste and resource recovery sector.

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