Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure

This program supports investment in waste and recycling infrastructure.

This program is currently closed to applications.


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 funded by the Environmental Trust and delivered in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Funding available

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 before you lodge your application.

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 closed to applications.

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

Project measures table

Use the project measures table (XLSX 112KB) to help 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 wil 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 is 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.

  • In 2017 a total of $20,452,315 was allocated to 6 projects.
  • In 2014 a total of $17,932,500 was allocated to 7 projects.
  • In 2013 a total of $20,310,071 was allocated to 7 projects.

Project summaries