This $63 million program funds the construction of new major recycling and waste processing facilities, to increase the amount of material being recovered, reused, recycled and reprocessed. It complements the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement program, which funds capital works for existing facilities.
The program supports:
- recovery of recyclables from sorted and unsorted waste from business and households
- reuse, recycling and reprocessing of recyclable materials including:
- paper and cardboard
- construction and demolition waste.
(For a full list of materials, see page 1 of the guidelines for applicants (PDF 486KB)
- processing, stabilisation and energy recovery from residual business and household waste.
This program is funded by the Environmental Trust and delivered in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
We offer grants to cover up to 50% of the capital costs of the proposed new resource-recovery infrastructure, up to the following amounts:
- grants of $1–5 million for projects proposed by the private sector and not-for-profit organisations
- grants of $1–10 million for projects proposed by councils, regional group of councils and other local-government-controlled organisations.
Some regional and rural councils were not able to contribute 50% of the project costs. In 2017 we introduced Special Consideration provisions for such councils. Under these, we made grants of up to 75% of the project costs for eligible councils.
A Special Consideration clause has been introduced for eligible councils in regional areas of NSW that do not have the capacity to co-contribute 50 per cent of total costs for large infrastructure projects. For councils that qualify under this clause the Trust and EPA will consider funding up to 75 per cent of total project costs.
To find out if you qualify for Special Consideration, please contact the Trust on (02) 8837 6093 or firstname.lastname@example.org before you lodge your application.
Business case advisory service
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) offers a business case advisory service to help with completion of some of the application documents, such as the financial analysis and the cost-benefit analysis. This service is free.
Your business case is a key component of your application and highlights the feasibility of your proposed infrastructure project. You don’t have to use the advisory service, but we encourage you to do so.
To apply you must submit a Business case advisory service application form to the EPA (download from the Guidelines and application forms section below).
Who can apply?
The following organisations are eligible to apply:
- not-for-profit or non-government organisations (as defined by the Australian Taxation Authority) with an established legal status
- not-for-profit or non-government organisations without a legal status that can be administered by another organisation
- NSW councils (as defined in the Local Government Act 1993
- other organisations controlled by local government or deemed to have a local-government function
- regional organisations of councils
- private industry or a partnership as defined by the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
When can applications be made?
This program is open to applications.
Please note earlier versions of the Application Budget, Cost Benefit Analysis and Financial Analysis forms contained a formula error. Updated templates are now available. We apologise for any inconvenience.