An Epping company, Repurpose It,  is working to divert construction and demolition waste from landfill to road and rail infrastructure projects across the state.

Repurpose It recently built an $8.5 million washing plant at its Cooper Street site, allowing it to recover and treat material previously destined for landfill and convert it into valuable resources.

The company says its plant is the first of its kind in Australia and will divert more than 500,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill each year.

The state government has invested $500,000 from its Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund into the plant.

Waste recovered by Repurpose It will be used in government projects such as the Level Crossing Removal Project, North East Link and the Western Distributor.

Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said projects such as the washing plant were helping to reduce Victoria’s dependence on landfills.

“Our Recycling Industry Strategic Plan is helping Victoria’s recycling sector adjust to changes in world recycling markets so that more material is diverted from landfill,” she said.