Environment

Hundreds of jobs for SA to follow massive multi-million dollar boost to recycling industry

A big boom to the South Australian recycling industry is on its way with a $111 million investment bringing more effective and efficient recycling, and more jobs!

Looks like South Australia’s green thumb is only getting greener.

South Australia’s recycling industry is set to receive its biggest ever investment, with eight new projects
worth $111 million announced today to build and modernise key infrastructure.

The projects will create hundreds of jobs, thanks to $35.3 million of joint state and Australian Government funding
under the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF).

This dramatically boosts the state’s ability to process waste in the wake of the bans on the export of
unprocessed waste plastic, paper and cardboard, glass and tyres.

The projects include a $12 million waste paper and cardboard recycling plant in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, a $24 million material resource facility in the southern suburbs and a new $19
million glass processing plant just outside of Gawler.

overfilled trash of large wheelie bins for rubbish, recycling and garden waste

Federal Minister for Environment Sussan Ley said the eight new projects are expected to create
more than 500 jobs and will divert over 205,000 tonnes of waste resources back into the
manufacturing of valuable new Australian made products.

“These kinds of high-tech projects build the infrastructure that will power the circular economy in
Australia, improving our ability to process our own waste and creating local jobs,” Minister Ley said.

“By mid-2024 when Australia’s full waste export ban comes into effect, Australia will need to recycle
378,000 tonnes of mixed waste paper and cardboard each year – the same weight as a quarter of a
million cars.

South Australian Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs shares: “The eight projects which are worth $111 million will transform waste management in South Australia and improve our ability to process plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and tyres within the state. They will reinforce South Australia’s position as a national leader when it comes to waste management.”

“The new $12 million processing plant here at NAWMA will guarantee waste which was originally
destined for export can be converted to into new products which is not only good for the
environment but good for the economy,” Speirs continues.

Federal Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Trevor Evans said
the record investment is a great example of the Morrison Government working constructively with
the Marshall Liberal Government to deliver for South Australians, their economy and the
environment.

“A key aim of the Recycling Modernisation Fund is to ensure that we have new recycling
infrastructure operational in time for when the export bans are fully phased in by mid-2024 and I am
delighted to say that SA will meet this goal,” Assistant Minister Evans said.

“Recycling requires large and expensive facilities however there are significant benefits beyond
creating new jobs. For example, recycled paper uses up to 90% less water and 50% less energy
than making new paper from virgin materials.

“Australia was the first country in the world to ban the export of its unprocessed waste for disposal
overseas and we now lead the world in taking responsibility for our own waste,” Evans continues.

Today’s announcement is on top of $4.6 million in previous RMF co-investments by the South
Australian Government and industry for seven other recycling infrastructure projects recognised by
the Australian Government through the Recycling Modernisation Fund, bringing the total investment
in South Australia to $115.6 million.

The Australian Government’s $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund investment, and measures
to support Australia’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, will create approximately 10,000 new jobs
all around Australia over the next ten years.

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