Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement

This program aimed to increase the recycling of household and business waste. The NSW Environment Protection Authority will manage future rounds.

This program is now closed to applications.


The program supported projects that invested in new equipment and upgrades to boost recycling processing capacity in NSW. It was delivered through a partnership between the Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA will manage future rounds of the program.


Grants of between $100,000 and $1,000,000 were available to provide up to half the capital costs of expanding or enhancing infrastructure.

Who could apply?

Organisations could apply for funding if they currently owned and operated a resource-recovery facility licensed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, and were one of the following:

  • a council (as defined in the Local Government Act), regional organisation of councils or other organisation controlled by local government
  • a non-government or not-for-profit organisation (meeting the definition of the Australian Taxation Office with an established legal status
  • a non-government or not-for-profit organisation without a legal status but whose finances are administered (managed) by another organisation
  • private industry or a partnership as defined under the Corporations Act.


If you’ve received a grant, use the templates below to report on your project. You must submit a report each time your project reaches one of its milestones.

You’ll also need to submit other documents and evidence. See your grant’s Deed of Agreement for details.

Project measures (XLSX 67KB) – captures quantitative data. Build on and submit the same report for each project milestone.

Milestone report (DOCX 75KB) – communicates your project’s progress.

Final report (DOCX 75KB) – communicates your project’s final achievements.

Statement of expenditure (financial report) (XLSX 16KB) – include with each milestone report and your final report.

Grants awarded

  • 2017 (round 4) – 3 projects totalling $1,501,280
  • 2016 (round 3) – 9 projects totalling $4,224,653
  • 2015 (round 2) – 9 projects totalling $4,547,125
  • 2013 (round 1) – 9 projects totalling $5,197,157

Project summaries