Plastics and tyres processing fund

The Government of Western Australia is calling for expressions of interest for funding to support the development of sufficient new plastics and tyres processing infrastructure to manage all of the plastics and tyres currently collected in Western Australia that will be restricted by the COAG waste export bans.

$15 million dollars in grant funding will be provided to support local processing of plastics and tyres across the State.  Access will also be provided to industrial zoned land valued at $5 million for processing infrastructure.

State Government funds will be matched by the Commonwealth Government. State funding will also need to be matched or exceeded by industry investment meaning that total combined investment in local processing is likely to be greater than $60 million.

Projects in regional and remote Western Australia are encouraged.

Background

In March 2020, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed a timetable to phase out exports of certain waste materials.

The COAG decision followed increasing community concern about the impact of exported Australian waste on developing countries and a series of changes to the local recycling industry resulting from various counties’ restrictions on imported waste.

The COAG waste export bans agreed on 13 March 2020 are planned to come into force from:

  • 1 January 2021 for glass
  • 1 July 2021 for mixed plastics which are not of a single resin/polymer type and/or which require further sorting, cleaning and processing before use in remanufacturing
  • 1 December 2021 for tyres that have not been shredded or further processed
  • 1 July 2022 for single resin/polymer plastics which have not been reprocessed (e.g. cleaned and baled PET bottles)
  • 1 July 2024 for mixed paper and cardboard.

Plastics not in scope include:

  • those which are sorted into a single resin/polymer type and processed for further use (e.g. flakes and pellets)
  • those processed with other materials into a product ready for final consumption (i.e. manufactured to a specific size and specification and in a form ready for direct use as a fuel in a cement kiln).

Tyre materials not in scope include: crumb rubber, buffings, granules, and tyre shred (<80mm).

Analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics export data from 2018–19 indicates that approximately 12,500 tonnes of plastics and 7,000 tonnes of tyres from WA would be affected by the ban.

Proposals need to be for economically viable projects which utilise best-practice methodology, know-how and technology, achieve value for money and maximise industry financial contributions.

How to apply

Potential applicants should submit a completed expression of interest to wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au. Please direct any questions to wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au.

Relevant questions, along with answers, will be listed in the questions and answers section for all potential applicants to see. Please subscribe below to be notified when new answers are posted.

Please allow enough time to submit your application as large attachments may take longer to be received via email. Submissions are deemed to be received at the time they are received by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Applications close at 9am AWST on Monday 17 August 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

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