$10m boost for Qld recycling

Thursday, 18 January, 2024

$10m boost for Qld recycling

The Queensland Government is aiming to incentivise recycling in the state’s manufacturing sector through a new $10m grant program.

The program, named ReMade in Queensland or ‘ReMiQ’, forms a targeted round of the successful Made in Queensland (MiQ) program, and is an initiative of the $1.1 billion Recycling and Jobs Fund.

The ReMiQ program will help the manufacturing sector to deliver on the Queensland Government’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy, which aims to recover 80% of all waste and achieve 65% recycling rates across all waste types by 2030.

Through ReMiQ, local small to medium-sized manufacturing and recycling businesses will be supported to adopt remanufacturing processes that reduce waste and energy costs; reuse materials that might otherwise end up in landfill; and convert these materials into new manufactured goods.

“The $1.1 billion Recycling and Jobs Fund, which is supporting the ReMade in Queensland initiative, helps Queensland’s transition to a circular economy, where products and materials are retained for their longest possible use then recycled or reused,” said Acting Minister for the Environment and Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation Grace Grace.

“A circular economy maximises the value of our products and materials by reducing waste and pollution, reducing precious materials going to landfill and mitigating greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.”

By directly investing in businesses through the implementation of advanced technologies and processes, the government also intends to help create the manufacturing jobs of the future.

Guidelines for the new grant round are available on the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water’s website: www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/ReMiQ.

Applicants can submit an expression of interest (EOI) for grant funding between $50,000 and $2.5 million to support projects that increase the reuse of existing recycled material streams in manufacturing or enable diversification to remanufacture new waste streams.

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