Hundreds of tonnes of soft plastic waste across Tasmania will be recycled, repurposed and turned into new sustainable products following an expansion of the recycling line at Envorinex’s plant in Bell Bay, just off northern Tasmania’s George Town.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $736,223 contribution to the project is an investment in Tasmanian business and the state’s entrepreneurial spirit.
“By turning waste products such as shrink wrap, fishing nets, ropes and of course plastic bags into a range of agricultural and industrial goods such as fence palings, posts, rails, roadside safety products and anti-fatigue and industrial-use matting, this ingenious project exemplifies the kind of innovation our regions are famous for,” Mr McCormack said.
“The project has also more than doubled Envorinex’s workforce, supporting 12 jobs during the project itself with another nine permanent staff taken on board, in a big win for skilled jobs in northern Tasmania.”
Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin, who attended today’s opening event at the plant, said the purchase and installation of a 42-metre-long recycling line will enable Envorinex to shred, wash, separate and handle a variety of soft plastics.
“This enables the plant to process a huge amount of waste each year, including a minimum of 600 tonnes of silage wrap, 168 tonnes of fertiliser bags, 507 tonnes of fish feed bags and 316 tonnes of tunnel film – all of which would otherwise have ended up in landfill,” Senator Martin said.
“By working closely with other industries in the region, including aquaculture, mining, horticulture and agriculture, Envorinex is providing an environmentally friendly solution for these huge volumes of waste and pioneering a new industry in the process.”
The $1.47 million project was jointly funded by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government and Poly Marketing Pty Ltd (Envorinex) under the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages. This is a $222.3 million investment to help diversify regional economies, drive economic growth and deliver sustainable employment.