The Vinyl Council of Australia has secured a government grant of almost AU$ 350 000 (EUR 216 000) to advance the recycling of waste PVC and polyester composite textile products.
The organisation is collaborating with the Specialised Textiles Association on a new R&D project called ‘TexBack’, which aims to improve new chemical separation technology. The partners argue that developing a domestic recycling solution will pave the way for the establishment of a new, industry-led product stewardship scheme that recovers a complex local waste stream and reprocesses it within Australia. Export markets for recovered polyester and PVC building products will also be sought.
Australia’s National Product Stewardship Investment Fund has financed 15 recycling oriented projects this year, helping to divert approximately 1.5 million tonnes of waste from landfill through while creating more than 560 jobs.
‘We have made it clear that industry needs to take action for their waste,’ says Australia’s environment minister Sussan Ley. ‘We are investing a total of AU$ 10.5 million to seed 11 new and expand four existing industry-led initiatives that will make a practical environmental difference and it is great to see industry respond strongly to our call.’
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