Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure

This program supports investment in waste and recycling infrastructure.

This program is currently closed.


This 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:
    • plastics
    • metals
    • glass
    • timber
    • paper and cardboard
    • tyres
    • e-waste
    • 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 delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and the Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Division (ECCS, formerly EPA) of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.

Funding available

We offered 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.

A Special Consideration clause was introduced for eligible councils in regional areas of NSW that may not have the capacity to co-contribute 50% of total costs for large infrastructure projects. For councils that qualified under this clause the Trust and ECCS considered funding up to 75% of total project costs.

Who can apply?

The following organisations were eligible to apply:

  • not-for-profit or non-government organisations (as defined by the Australian Taxation Office) 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 (Cwth).

When can applications be made?

This program is closed.

If you are successful in obtaining funding for your project, you’ll need to provide regular reports on your progress.

Project measures table

Grantees are sent their project measures table with their executed funding agreement. The project measures table helps you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress. In this way you can quickly check how you're tracking and record your achievements.

You’ll need to update and submit the project measures table every time you report on your project’s progress.

Progress reports and final report

As you move through your project you’ll have to submit milestone (progress) reports. These will outline what you’ve achieved and what you’ll do next.

Milestone reports are reviewed by technical experts who ensure you’re on the right track and give you feedback or advice. Your report is also reviewed by the Environmental Trust to ensure that expenditure is on track and in accordance with the agreed budget. After we've reviewed and accepted your report we’ll pay your next grant instalment.

When your project is finished you’ll have to submit a final report that says what it has achieved.

Use the milestone reporting form (DOCX 75KB) and final reporting form (DOCX 75KB) for these reports.

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each of your milestone reports. Grantees will be sent their financial spreadsheet with their executed funding agreements. You will need to submit a certified financial report as a part of your final report.

Other documents

You may also have to submit other documentation or evidence. Any additional requirements will be listed in the grant agreement we send you.

Where to send reports

Email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

You are required to acknowledge the funding you’ve received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. We ask that you say:

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the NSW Government logo. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • In 2019 (round 4) a total of $17,589,425 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2017 (round 3) a total of $20,452,315 was allocated to 6 projects.
  • In 2014 (round 2) a total of $17,932,500 was allocated to 7 projects.
  • In 2013 (round 1) a total of $20,310,071 was allocated to 7 projects.

Project summaries