Recycling Innovation combines 2 previous programs:
- Innovation in Priority Problem Waste Management
- Innovation in Shredder Floc Management.
This $16.5 million program is aimed at innovative projects that will:
- provide new recycling infrastructure solutions
- establish (or expand) recycled material markets through research and development
- improve and introduce new approaches and technologies to increase the efficiency of recycling facilities for the wastes listed in the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) priority problem wastes list.
The program focuses on these priority problem wastes:
- plastic film and other plastics
- copper chrome arsenic (CCA) timber and other treated timbers
- tyres and rubber
- nappies and incontinence pads
- electronic waste (e-waste)
- shredder floc.
However, we’ll consider strong and compelling proposals for other wastes such as:
- materials that lack established recycled material markets in NSW
- residue wastes generated from recycling processes
- contaminants that if removed could increase the recovery of a waste stream
- streams of low volume but highly toxic waste that pose significant risk of harm to the environment and human health.
We prefer projects that incorporate research, development and investment in technology or infrastructure with demonstrated commercial application.
We’re delivering this program in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More program.
The program has 2 streams.
Stream 1 supports innovative infrastructure projects that demonstrate new and emerging technologies. We prefer projects that have reached at least the early stage of commercialisation.
Stream 2 supports research and development that can help establish markets for recycled materials from priority problem wastes. Projects can include:
- design and development of new commercial products that use recycled materials
- development of new markets for existing products (e.g. through field trials and product testing).
We offer grants to cover up to 50% of project costs to the following amounts:
- Stream 1 – from $100,000 to $1 million
- Stream 2 – from $20,000 to $200,000.
Who can apply?
We preferred projects that:
- involved partnerships between industry and tertiary/research organisations
- incorporated research, development and investment in technology or infrastructure with demonstrated commercial application.
When can applications be made?
This program is currently closed for applications.