ACTA successfully funded in Australia’s first ever National Product Stewardship Investment Fund in 2020. ACTA’s textile program will undertake a business case and stewardship scheme design to support recycling and waste recovery for the uniform and workwear sector.
Over 120 bids were submitted, the Federal Government is funding 15 successful waste and recycling projects – a total of $10.5 million has been allocated to these new Product Stewardship projects.
The Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA) being the only organisation awarded for the textile category in uniforms and workwear – a huge milestone for the association, textile circularity and forging collaborative partnerships. Fellow textile related projects ACTA will support include: Seatcare, Australian Bedding Stewardship Council, Vinyl Council Of Australia and Asaleo Personal Care (nappies).
View ACTA’s Uniforms & Workwear Product Stewardship Program Overview here.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said “We have made it clear that industry needs to take action for their waste. We are investing $10.5 million to seed 11 new and expand four existing industry-led initiatives that will make a practical environmental difference and it is great to see industry respond strongly to our call.”
It is projected that the 15 projects will see 1.5 million tonnes of waste diverted from landfill, with more than 560 jobs created.
Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans said the 15 successful projects will move the dial in Australia as we change our mindsets to thinking about waste as a resource.
“Australians are increasingly looking to responsibly recycle or give new life to their unwanted products and this funding will deliver recycling schemes for items such as mattresses, used cosmetics, child car seats, old uniforms, coffee pods and farm plastics,” Assistant Minister Evans said.
“Our seed funding, along with the reforms in our Recycling Act, empowers industry and product experts to take more responsibility for their products.
“The grants were six-times oversubscribed which clearly shows the appetite in Australia for putting the power of recycling into the hands of businesses and consumers.
“There will be further opportunities for funding, and I encourage everyone to work with the new Product Stewardship Centre for Excellence to progress their ideas.”
Additional projects funded include, Simply Cups expansion for disposable cups, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) delivering two projects for plastic containers; used oil containers and planter packaging, Close the Loop delving into cosmetics, and Planet Ark addressing coffee capsules.
Further information on ACTA’s Product Stewardship Program will be released shortly.
The full list of 15 grant recipients in below and additional information on the product stewardship schemes, visit: https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste-resource-recovery/product-stewardship/national-product-stewardship-investment-fund