Up to $300,000 in State Government funding is available to South Australian recycling businesses for activities that will strengthen local market demand for recycled materials and recycled-content products.
The funding, offered through Green Industries SA, encourages South Australian businesses to invest in a broad range of market development activities to expand the market for these products.
Eligible activities for funding include accredited testing to validate product quality and performance to improve the local market’s confidence and acceptance of recycled-content products; and development of new or expanding existing markets for the products.
Applications will be accepted from local councils, industry associations and organisations that produce, manufacture, sell or promote South Australian recycled materials and/or recycled-content products.
This funding follows the recent Chinese international waste bans, which saw a crackdown on imports of 24 different types of solid waste from Japan, USA, Australia and other source countries.
China’s recent National Sword Programme and import restrictions on certain recyclable materials have impacted South Australian recycling businesses that export materials such as scrap plastics, metals, paper and cardboard and textiles overseas.
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said these grants are a timely aid to bolstering our recycling businesses’ market development efforts amid the challenges arising from China’s policy on certain recycled materials.
“Strengthening the local market and secondary re-manufacturing industry will also develop our economy and act as a buffer against the risks associated with selling into overseas commodity markets.
“Equally important is the need to improve market confidence in using recycled-material products as a viable option so eligible activities for funding include those which validate the quality and performance of local recycled materials or recycled-content products and develop new or expand existing markets for such products,” he said.
For further information, visit www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/market-development-grants