Business program grant to tackle SA waste

SA will fund a business development program to help tackle the waste management crisis in the state.
SA will fund a business development program to help tackle the waste management crisis in the state.

The South Australian government will grant $750,000 to extend a business development program to help tackle the state's agricultural waste management.

Ten new companies are to be created under the business incubator program, which is in partnership with start-up services firm Innovyz.

Environment minister David Speirs said waste management was a future growth industry.

"The South Australian waste sector is a $1 billion industry which employs around 5,000 people statewide," Mr Speirs said.

"Agricultural waste is of significant concern because it can lead to greenhouse gas emissions which contributes to our change in climate.

"Innovyz was awarded a grant to deliver a program targeting researchers working on early-stage ideas in waste, recycling and the circular economy."

Innovyz will match the state government's funding for the project.

It will be the second development program run by the company, with its first round, completed in June 2018, seeing eight companies graduate.

The announcement comes amid Victorian recycling giant SKM's collapse.

The recycling firm negotiated with the Environment Protection Authority to store thousands of tonnes of waste in 381 shipping containers in SA, as reported in The Advertiser.

Mr Speirs said that waste was not dangerous.

"That is largely plastic and cardboard so there are plenty of opportunities to see that recycled, Mr Speirs said.

"I don't think that waste will end up in landfill."

Australian Associated Press