Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure
This program supports investment in waste and recycling infrastructure.
The $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
- waste from construction and demolition.
(For a full list of materials, see page 2 of the guidelines for applicants (PDF 302KB)
- processing, stabilisation and energy recovery from residual business and household waste.
We’re delivering this program 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, to the following amounts:
- for projects proposed by the private sector and not-for-profit organisations – grants of $1–5 million.
- for projects proposed by councils, regional group of councils and other local-government-controlled organisations – grants of $1–10 million.
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.
Who can apply?
Grants can be made to:
- 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 currently closed to applications.
This program is closed to applications. The forms and guidelines below are for information only.
- Guidelines for applicants (PDF 301KB)
- Project plan definitions (PDF 257KB)
- Project plan form (DOCX 50KB)
- Application budget (XLS 205KB)
- Application form (PDF 718KB)
- Waste tonnage forecast (XLS 15KB)
- Financial analysis (XLS 116KB)
- Cost–benefit analysis (XLS 231KB)
- Business-case advisory service application form (DOCX 49KB)
Project measures table
Use the project measures table (XLSX 64KB) to help you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress, so that 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. After your report is reviewed and accepted we’ll pay your next grant instalment.
When your project finishes you’ll have to submit a final report that says what it has achieved.
You must submit a statement of expenditure (XLSX 16KB) with each milestone report. You also need to submit a certified financial report as a part of your final report.
You may also have to submit some other documents or evidence. They’ll be listed in the grant agreement we send you.
Where to send reports
Email reports and other documents to email@example.com (50MB limit).
Please 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 EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.
You also need to use the logos of the NSW Government and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.