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Yume Awarded NSW EPA grant

We’re excited to announce that we have been granted $100,000 by the New South Wales’ Environment Protection Agency to extend our platform and continue our fight against food waste.

This grant will be supporting our work in New South Wales, where we aim to continue helping Australian manufacturers and farmers receive a return on investment for their stock while diverting quality surplus food from going to waste.

The full list of projects supported include (from NSW EPA’s full press release):

  • Circular Hub – A Plastic Blueprint – Newcastle, Sydney and regional NSW – $134,500

The Plastic Blueprint is a digital platform that will enable businesses to access a step-by-step guide, resources and all the tools needed to implement an effective soft plastics reduction and recycling program within their organisation.

  • Edge Environment – Paving the way for glass recycling – Orange, Parramatta – $40,800

This project will demonstrate the environmental benefits and address barriers to the uptake of recycled glass in infrastructure projects. Funding will support the development of an Environmental Product Declaration for the use of recycled glass fines as a replacement for virgin sand as a raw material in State Significant Infrastructure projects.

  • Yume Food – Eliminating food waste in manufacturing – Various NSW locations – $100,000

Funding will assist Yume Food, a social enterprise, to extend its online marketplace connecting suppliers of quality surplus food with buyers. Edible food will be repurposed, providing a permanent diversion of food waste from landfill.

  • Circular Centre – Circular Textile Waste Service – Ballina, Orange, Sydney locations – $150,000

This project provides a value chain of partnerships that capture, sort, dismantle and repurpose denim and PPE textiles many times over. Textiles will be redesigned into new clothing and remanufactured into other new products in the auto, architectural, building, fashion and interiors industries.

  • Valera Recycling – Recycling contaminated hard plastics – Central Coast, Illawarra, Sydney locations – $146,000

This project will see the recycling of 600 tonnes of contaminated hard plastics using specialist plastic washing and shredding systems.

  • WildBlueGlobal Consulting – Recycling in the hydroponics industry – Central Coast, Dungog, Lake Macquarie – $80,000

Working with a major vegetable grower, this project will involve the recycling of the rockwool growing medium and plastic packaging from hydroponic cropping.

  • Textile Recyclers – Textile recycling – Liverpool – $80,000

This project will help three Australian companies, Sheridan, Manrags and Uniqlo keep unwanted textiles out of landfill via recycling.

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.


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