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Victorian Government Launches Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste – Round 3


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Sustainability Victoria (SV) is proud to announce the opening of applications for the Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund (CEIF): Hazardous Waste – Round 3. This funding initiative is designed to support industry and local government in Victoria, fostering the development of a robust resource recovery sector. The fund aims to enhance local reprocessing capabilities for hazardous waste and promote the utilisation of recycled materials to create new products, thus advancing the circular economy agenda.


The CEIF: Hazardous Waste – Round 3 is an integral component of the government's Recycling Victoria policy, which seeks to establish a new economy centred around sustainable waste management practices.


Applications for this round of funding must be submitted by Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 11:59 pm. It is important to note that late submissions will not be accepted.


The following guidelines provide essential information for interested parties applying for the Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste – Round 3:


1. Fund overview

The hazardous waste stream will fund infrastructure projects focused on safe management and high value recovery (where possible) of low-level contaminated soils, Reportable Priority Wastes (RPW) and specified priority wastes (see target materials listed in section 2.3).

Applicants have the opportunity to propose both proven and innovative technology solutions for the Victorian hazardous waste sector.


Funding is available to industry (see definition in section 9) and local government that have been operating for a minimum of 2 years in Australia and either operates an existing hazardous waste reprocessing, recycling or treatment facility in Victoria or are proposing a new hazardous waste reprocessing, recycling, or treatment facility to be located in Victoria.


1.1 Fund objectives

Projects must meet 2 or more of the fund objectives:

  • Increase the recovery and local reprocessing of hazardous waste, and to manage those materials in line with the waste hierarchy.

  • Increase the use and quality of recycled materials for remanufacturing and to make new products.

  • Increase economic development opportunities such as jobs, economic performance and growth of precincts.

  • Reduce the amount and impact of waste going to landfill.

CEIF Hazardous Waste Round 3 is seeking projects that will achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Diversion of wastes from Category B landfill disposal.

  2. Increased diversion of low-level (Category C and D) contaminated soils (and spoils) from landfill disposal.

  3. Increased recovery of solvents and other hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling, or energy recovery.

  4. Improved management of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling, or energy recovery; including short-term storage, and recovery or treatment facilities. Short-term storage infrastructure will only be funded for projects targeting both storage and recovery infrastructure.


1.2 Funding available

Total available grant funding for Round 3 is $4,500,000.

There is no funding cap per project.

Notification of outcome will be delayed for funding requests of $2 million or more as these requests have additional approval requirements.


1.3 Co-contribution

Applicants are required to meet the following minimum cash contribution:

  • Industry must co-contribute at least $2 for every $1 funded.

  • Local government must co-contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded.

Investment leverage will be a key consideration as part of application assessments. Higher investment from the Applicant will be looked upon more favourably.

Co-contribution must be financial (cash) and cannot include In-kind contributions.

Other grant funding including from federal, state, or local government cannot be counted toward Applicant’s co-contribution.


2. Eligibility

2.1 Who can apply

An eligible organisation must be one of the following organisation types:

  • Industry

  • Local government

That have existing hazardous waste reprocessing, recycling or treatment facility in Victoria or are proposing a new hazardous waste reprocessing, recycling or treatment waste facility to be located in Victoria and have been operating for a minimum of 2 years in Australia.

Applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN). If the Applicant is a Trust, the Trust as the trading entity must meet this requirement

  • have a joint venture partner with an ABN if a joint venture

  • have been operating for a minimum of 2 years in Australia by the application closing date (to be validated by the date that the organisation’s ABN is active from). Except that if the Applicant is a joint venture company created for the project, or a Related Entity of an established and experienced industry operator, in which case SV may choose to accept the Applicant’s eligibility, but if so, SV will require the Related Entity, the experienced industry operator, to pass due diligence checks.

  • be able to demonstrate financial viability to undertake the project (must meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirements)

  • agree to comply with the Terms of Participation in Grant Programs

  • agree to comply with the funding terms and conditions:

    • for grants $50,000 or less read the Short-form grant funding agreement

    • for grants more than $50,000 read the General grant funding agreement

  • submit their Fair Jobs Code Pre-Assessment Certificate number with their application if applying for $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST). At a minimum proof of application for the Certificate must be submitted with their grant application if Certificate has not been received when the application closes

  • demonstrate financial capability to undertake the project

  • demonstrate market supply of the material feedstocks and demand for the processed products. Applications with secured feedstock and end markets will be assessed more favourably by the assessment panel.

Eligible Applicants may be consortia, however, SV will only contract with one organisation. The consortium must name a lead partner who will enter into a funding agreement with SV (usually the partner purchasing the infrastructure). Research institutions and individuals are not eligible for funding.


If the Applicant is a Trust, the funding agreement must be executed by the Trustee of the Trust for example XYZ Pty Ltd as The Trustee for the XYZ Trust. The Trust as the trading entity must meet all the eligibility requirements of the fund (for example ABN).


Demonstration of a stable and ongoing funding source will be considered favourably in the assessment of not-for-profit organisations.


Funding will be targeted at projects that are unlikely to proceed without government financial assistance or may have the financial means to only proceed at a much later date or with limited scope.



2.2 Who cannot apply

The following Applicants will not be funded:

  • Research institutions

  • Individuals

  • Unincorporated entities

2.3 What will be funded

Funding aims to:

  • diversify and attract new investment to increase the quality of hazardous wastes recovered for recycling

  • attract reprocessing infrastructure to increase the quantity of materials re-entering manufacturing streams and improving the circularity of materials.

Funding will focus on:

  • capital purchases, installation and commissioning of infrastructure or equipment

  • pre-construction (site preparation) such as site clearing, earthworks or site accessibility works directly associated with the installation of new equipment

  • construction/modification of buildings to house the new equipment (pre-construction works through to commissioning stage).

Funding will be provided for:

  • new equipment, new facility or upgrade of existing facilities to increase domestic recovery of contaminated soils, RPW and specified priority wastes (see target materials list below in this section).

Projects must:

  • be located in Victoria

  • be commissioned and operational/completed by 31 May 2025

  • meet regulatory or planning requirements and are not being undertaken to comply with regulation or a regulatory notice or order

  • have outcomes that are directly attributable to the SV grant funding

  • not be seeking funding for research, demonstration and development

  • not have received funding or support for the same activities from other sources.


The projects need to meet one or more of the below fund outcomes:

a. Diversion of wastes from Category B landfill disposal

Treatment technologies that will enable recovery and reuse including:

  • Waste to Energy and Process-Derived Fuel

  • Treatment that reduces contamination to achieve Category C disposal requirements.

b. Increased diversion of low-level (Category C and Category D) contaminated soils from landfill disposal

  • Treatment to enable reuse (on or off-site).

  • Mobile and relocatable treatment equipment.

  • Treatment at the site of generation to reduce Category C to Category D to enable on-site containment under permit.

  • Technologies to support the containment under permit at the generation site of Category D soils.

  • Short-term storage facilities to de-water, categorise soils and aggregate volumes for further management.

c. Increased recovery of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling or energy recovery

Funding can be for new or an expansion or upgrade of existing infrastructure and will need to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Increased recovery of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling, Waste to Energy or Process Derived Fuels.

  • Increased diversion from landfill.

  • Improved ability to manage feedstock or market fluctuations (volumes and/or quality).

  • Improved quality of end product.

  • Increased market offerings or reduced reliance on interstate infrastructure.

d. Improved management of system resilience for reuse, recycling or energy recovery

  • Collection, short-term storage, and recovery or treatment facilities.

  • Short-term storage can be for waste consolidation prior to transport for treatment, managing feedstock fluctuations, post-processing and before transport to market.


Please note: Short-term storage infrastructure will only be funded for projects targeting both storage and recovery infrastructure.


In general, grant funding will not be provided to projects that commence prior to entering into a funding agreement.


However, after submitting their application and prior to receiving a formal written notification from SV that their application is successful, an Applicant may at their own risk:

  • order and/or purchase equipment

  • commence civil works

  • assemble infrastructure.


Prior to executing the funding agreement with SV, Applicants must not commission, electrically and/or hydraulically connect or commence operating equipment.


The Applicant must notify SV in writing of any project-related activities that need to commence before entering into contract. Failure to notify SV prior to the commencement of any project-related activities could result in the project activities becoming ineligible for funding.


Target materials

All wastes currently categorised as RPW and some priority wastes as listed below, excluding those covered by other outcomes.

Refer to the Environment Protection Authority’s Waste classification assessment protocol to determine if your waste is RPW.


RPW including but not limited to:

• low -level contaminated soils

• asbestos contaminated soils

• solvents (including wastes from laundry and dry-cleaning process)

• grease-trap wastes (K110)

• clinical wastes (R100, R120, R130, R140)

• biosolids (K400-H)

• waste oil and water mixtures (J120)

• asbestos containing materials (ACMs).


Priority waste limited to:

• treated timbers (K310-H)

• biosolids (K-400-NH)

• lithium batteries

• brominated and flame-retardant plastics (BFRs).


Applications will be assessed with consideration given to investment leverage. Projects that demonstrate higher investment from the Applicant will be viewed more favourably. It is important to note that co-contribution must be in the form of financial (cash) contributions and cannot include in-kind contributions. Additionally, other grant funding received from federal, state, or local government sources cannot be counted towards the Applicant's co-contribution.


 

Haines Consulting Group is a management consultancy firm specialising in business strategy, growth, government grants and new venture developments. If you need any assistance with a grant submission please contact us now for a confidential conversation.

 




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