Infrastructure projects win recycling grants

A Melbourne council had received state government funding to redevelop a local hockey field using recycled materials.

Cr Lina Messina

The Victorian government is providing $2.6 million from its Sustainable Infrastructure Fund to support the use of recycled materials for a range of projects delivered by local councils.

The 19 projects funded will use approximately 2,000 tonnes of recycled materials, including glass, plastic and rubber, to create roads, footpaths, outdoor park furniture, drainage and pavements, environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio says.

Among the recipients is City of Darebin which has secured $300,000 to upgrade the KP Hardiman Hockey Field.

Hockey field upgrade

As part of the demolition process, existing metal fencing will be recycled, synthetic grass will be reused at local schools and golf courses, plastic pads will be reused in asphalt, crusher dust will be reused, and concrete will be recycled.

Recycled materials are no longer a novelty. Their use will and must become a priority for how we design and build for our future.

Darebin Mayor Lina Messina

The newly constructed field will use 98 per cent reclaimed tyres for shock pads, recycled glass and aggregate in the concrete pathways around the field, recycled paper mulch for surrounding grass areas, recycled plastic seating for spectators, and recycled plastic in the AstroTurf playing field.

Darebin Mayor Lina Messina says the $3.18 million project will become a case study for what can be achieved by prioritising the circular economy in demolition and construction.

“We hope this project will become an inspiration for individuals, businesses and organisations across Victoria to take up the use of recycled materials and these exciting new technologies,” Cr Messina said.

“Recycled materials are no longer a novelty. Their use will and must become a priority for how we design and build for our future.”

Innovation and product development

The state government also on Monday announced the launch of the $1.8 million Research and Development Fund to increase the use of recycled materials and boost innovation and product development.

Grants of between $75,000 and $300,000 are available to support research institutes and industry to develop new products made from recycled materials including plastic, paper, cardboard, glass and tyres.

It’s hoped the grants will see more recycled materials used in local community spaces.

Ms D’Ambrosio says the state is committed to reshaping its waste and recycling industry.

“Projects like this give old tyres and old materials a new life,” she said.

“This kind of innovation creates endless business opportunities and jobs.”

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