New recycling facility opens in Melbourne’s west


The Victorian State Government has supported the creation of a new recycling facility that will process 39,000 tonnes of recycled paper each year.

Located in Truganina in Melbourne’s west, Australian Paper Recovery’s $2.5 million paper sorting facility will provide full grade separation of kerbside and commercial mixed paper and cardboard which will be reprocessed locally and recycled into valuable products such as newspaper and packaging.

The new facility, which will create six new jobs, will be commissioned over the next three weeks and will also accept additional materials from regional and metropolitan kerbside recycling, including plastics and metals, further increasing recycling capability in Victoria.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new facility will help develop a circular economy in Victoria.

“Facilities like these are a crucial part of reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill – it’s fantastic to see Australian Paper expand their operations to accept more materials,” the Minister said.

“A circular economy will not only improve Victoria’s waste and recycling systems – it will support local businesses and create local jobs here in Victoria.”

Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly said he project will help transition Victoria’s resource recovery and reprocessing industry after the collapse of the export market to China.

“This new facility is delivering local jobs and makes an important contribution to tackling the challenges facing our recycling sector,” Ms Connolly concluded.

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