New participants in the EPA’s Circulate and Civil Construction Market Programs are being accepted, with the ultimate aim of diverting valued materials from landfill for re-use, recycling and industry ecological projects. 

The grant funding supports organisations like businesses, councils, not-for-profits, waste service providers and industry bodies, to devise projects that facilitate the circular economy, as opposed to a disposable culture. 

EPA Director Circular Economy Programs Kathy Giunta stated that these programs will supply grant funding to promote industry in response to the decision by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) this year to ban the export of some wastes that have not been morphed into value-enhanced material. 

Giunta says that one way to cope with the results of China’s National Sword policy and to prep NSW for the waste export ban is to invest in projects that show innovative usage of recyclables. 

The Circulate Program supplies grants of up to $150,000 for innovative commercial industrial ecology projects. 

Circulate, said Giunta, supports projects saving materials that would be transported to landfill instead, putting them to work as feedstock for other commercial, industrial or construction processes. 

The Civil Construction Market Program supplies grants of up to $250,000 for civil construction projects that re-use building and demolition waste or recyclables from homes and businesses like glass, plastic and paper. 

Past projects in the Circulate Program included Cross Connections’ Plastic Police, which supplied soft plastic to the Downer Group’s Reconophalt project, the premiere street surfacing material in Australia to feature highly recycled content from waste streams, also featuring glass and toner, which would be destined for landfill or stockpiled otherwise. 

Prior projects in the Civil Construction Market Program featured Lendlease’s usage of recycled glass from Lismore Council in pavement concrete on a trio of trial sites as a component of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade.

Source: Architecture and Design.Com.Au