Major resource recovery infrastructure grants program

The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program is now open to applications.  Applications close 5pm, Thursday 2 November 2017.


This program is a nine-year program aimed at accelerating and stimulating investment in waste and recycling infrastructure, and increasing resource recovery to meet the NSW 2021 recycling targets.

The program is designed to fund major resource recovery facilities that can increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses in a cost-effective manner.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on the:

  • recovery of recyclables from sorted and unsorted waste from business and households
  • reuse, recycling and reprocessing of recyclable materials from business and households such as plastics, timber, paper, tyres, cardboard and consumer packaging
  • processing, stabilisation and energy recovery from residual business and household waste.

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


Funding is available to cover 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 are available for infrastructure projects proposed by the private sector and not-for-profit organisations
  • grants of between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 are available for infrastructure projects proposed by councils, regional group of councils and other local-government controlled organisations

* The Trust has made a change to round three regarding Special Consideration provisions, which has been introduced for eligible councils in regional and rural areas of NSW that do not have the capacity to co-contribute 50% of the total project costs. For councils that qualify under these provisions, the Trust will consider funding up to 75% of total eligible costs. Please contact the Trust to find out if your council is eligible for Special Consideration.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to:

  • councils(as defined in the Local Government Act), regional organisation of councils or other local government controlled organisation
  • non-government/not-for-profit organisation (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 partnership as defined under the Corporations Act.

Business case advisory service

Applicants can apply to the EPA for support to help prepare their business case. The business case is a key component of your application, and highlights the feasibility of your infrastructure project. Use of this service is encouraged but optional.


Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist.

  • The Application form is an Adobe Smart Form (PDF). You will need Adobe Reader XI or later versions to complete the form.  You can download the latest Adobe Readerexternal link, which is free.
  • Do not use Acrobat Pro to complete your form as it will not save the document with your typed responses.
  • Open the Application form, complete the questions and then save the document as organisation name only, and application number if more than one application being submitted.
  • You will need to save and name your document each time you close it down.
  • Once saved, the application form can then be emailed as an attachment.

Applications close on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

Past recipients

  • Round 2 allocated $17,932,500 to 7 projects.
  • Round 1 allocated $20,310,071 to 7 projects.


The reporting templates for Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program 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 as 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.

More information

Page last updated: 31 October 2017