An ambitious plan to stop South Australia's unprocessed waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres being sent overseas for disposal will be realised through a $30 million deal announced on Wednesday.
The signed agreement between the federal and state governments will see each commit $15 million under the National Partnership on Recycling Infrastructure.
It forms the federal government's $190 million Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) aimed to generate more than $600 million in infrastructure investment for Australia's waste management and resource recovery sector.
Expressions of interest are now being sought from the state's industry, local government and non-government organisations who stand ready to commit at least one-third of the project cost.
SA Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said the extra funding will further enhance South Australia's strong ability to recycle.
South Australia leads the nation when it comes to resource recovery, with 83.8 per cent of all waste generated being diverted from landfill.Environment and Water Minister David Speirs
"South Australia leads the nation when it comes to resource recovery, with 83.8 per cent of all waste generated being diverted from landfill," he shared.
Minister Speirs said the current focus will centre on partner projects that investigate new technology and equipment related to mixed plastics reprocessing.
Furthermore, the plan would be to improve the recovery and separation of soft plastics and increase glass manufacturing.
"Unlocking the potential in these materials and keeping resources circulating through our economy increases our resilience to supply chain challenges and creates local jobs while also benefiting our environment."
Currently, more than 4800 people are employed in the state's waste and resource recovery sector.
Minister Spiers added that the RMF is encouraging further investment and innovation to ensure waste streams are harnessed as manufacturing assets.
Partners meet the special requirements within SA are invited to submit an expression of interest now through Green Industries SA: www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/funding/Commonwealth