Major resource recovery infrastructure grants program

The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program is currently closed to applications.


This program is a nine-year program which aims to reuse, recycle, reprocess and recover materials through funding the construction of major recycling and processing facilities.

The facility should cost-effectively increase recycling of materials from businesses, industry and households such as:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Consumer packaging
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Tyres
  • Rubber
  • Wood/timber (including engineered timbers)
  • Copper Chrome Arsenic (CCA) treated timber and other treated timbers
  • E-waste
  • Plasterboard and other construction and development waste (C&D) excluding asbestos
  • Contaminated waste

Priority will also be given to proposals that focus on processing, stabilising and energy recovery from residual business and household waste.

Funding from this program will accelerate investment in waste and recycling infrastructure, and meet the NSW 2021 recycling targets. 

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and EPA under Waste Less, Recycle More. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.


Funding was available to cover up to 50 per cent* of capital costs relating to proposed new resource recovery infrastructure with the following amounts available:

  • grants of between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 were available for infrastructure projects proposed by the private sector and not-for-profit organisations
  • grants of between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 were available for infrastructure projects proposed by councils, regional groups of councils and other local-government controlled organisations.

* The Trust made a change to round 3 regarding Special Consideration provisions, which was introduced for eligible councils in regional and rural areas of NSW that did not have the capacity to co-contribute 50 per cent of the total project costs. For councils that qualified under these provisions, the Trust considered funding up to 75 per cent of total eligible costs. 

Who can apply?

Grants were available to:

  • councils (as defined in the Local Government Act), regional organisations of councils or other local government controlled organisations
  • non-government/not-for-profit organisations (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or without a legal status but is being administered by another organisation
  • private industry or partnerships as defined under the Corporations Act


The reporting templates for grantees are provided below (a quick link is also available on the right-hand column of the main page). Grantees should refer to their Deed of Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Milestone Report Communicates your project’s progress and achievements at set agreed milestones during the project.
Final Report Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of Expenditure A statement of expenditure is required with each milestone and final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries are available for the awarded projects.

  • Round 3 - 2017  allocated $20,520,159 to 6 projects
  • Round 2 - 2014  allocated $17,932,500 to 7 projects
  • Round 1 - 2013  allocated $20,310,071 to 7 projects

Example guidelines and application forms

This program is closed to applications. The forms and guidelines below are for information purposes only.

Page last updated: 18 June 2018