A new recycling facility in Truganina is expected to process 39,000 tonnes of recycled paper a year.
Australian Paper Recovery’s $2.5 million paper sorting facility provides full grade separation of kerbside and commercial mixed paper and cardboard.
As long as no glass is mixed in with
collected recyclables, the high quality paper and card is sorted and graded, then reprocessed locally and used to make newspaper and packaging.
Managing director Darren Thorpe said he was in discussions with a number of councils about adopting a “no glass collection” recycling policy.
“We need uncontaminated product, especially from glass,” Mr Thorpe said.
“We can accept the paper and card here and sort it into a form that can be used by domestic outlets in Australia feeding into a circular economy.”
Since beginning operations in June, the facility has expanded to accept additional materials from regional and metropolitan kerbside recycling, including plastics and metals, further increasing recycling capability in Victoria.
Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio last week announced $475,000 in funding towards the project.