Remanufacture NSW

This program provided co-funding for waste and recycling infrastructure to support the resource recovery industry to respond to Australia’s waste export ban.

This program is now closed.

Program streams

Remanufacture NSW had 2 streams:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Trials

This program was co-funded by the Australian Government through its Recycling Modernisation Fund and the NSW Government through its Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, and is delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).


Remanufacture NSW Round 2 offered funding to support the NSW resource recovery sectors response to changes brought about by the decision to ban the export of unbeneficiated waste plastic, paper, cardboard and tyres (glass was included in Round 1, but not Round 2). Remanufacture NSW ensures New South Wales leads by example and maximises recycling and reuse activities while keeping materials within the productive economy.

Round 2 of the program targeted the following waste materials subject to the export ban:

  • plastic
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • tyres.

Remanufacture NSW Round 2 offered funding of up to $13.5 million in total.

Under Stream 1 the establishment of new recycling infrastructure and equipment could be co-funded and included, but was not limited to:

  • improving sorting technology and/or increased capacity for plastic, paper and cardboard products at materials recovery facilities (MRFs)
  • improving cleaning technology for plastic products at waste facilities
  • increasing mixed plastics processing capacity
  • building capacity to process higher value single stream plastics such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • building capacity to process single stream plastics other than polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) and compound materials
  • tyre recycling and reuse technology and infrastructure
  • increasing the use of recyclable and recycled materials in manufacturing and civil construction
  • mobile and stationary processing equipment.

Under Stream 2, innovative trials to address plastic, paper, cardboard and tyres could be co-funded, and included, but was not limited to:

  • trials that support the reuse of the waste export ban materials listed above
  • trials that aim to increase the capacity of manufacturers to use recycled material in their products and to provide secure markets for these recycled materials (examples include new/modified equipment to increase the use of recycled materials, such as post-consumer plastic, in the manufacture of goods or products)
  • trials that test new infrastructure/equipment to sort, wash, dry, shred, flake, granulate or pelletise materials
  • trials that test equipment upgrades or process improvements to existing materials recovery facilities (MRFs) to increase the quality of output materials, reduce contamination and/or increase capacity
  • trials that test upgrading plastic sorting, processing and manufacturing technology to produce cleaner streams of plastic and have the potential to use larger amounts of recycled plastics
  • trials that test new methods of paper beneficiation so that local paper mills can accept higher volumes of paper and cardboard
  • trials that test new methodologies or technologies to process Liquid Paper Board
  • trials that test plastic processing, remanufacturing and new applications for recycled plastics
  • trials that test mobile processing equipment
  • trials that use new technologies or methods to reuse or recycle end-of-life tyres.

Funding available

For Round 2, grants of between $100,000 and $3 million were available to fund eligible Remanufacture NSW Stream 1 – Infrastructure projects.

Grants of between $50,000 and $1 million were available to fund eligible Remanufacture NSW Stream 2 – Trial projects.

Who could apply?

The following organisations were eligible to apply:

  • an Australian entity or partnership incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001(Cth)
  • a council (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act 1993), regional organisation of councils or other, local government-controlled organisation.
  • a state government entity
  • an Australian research institution can be a tertiary education institution, a government agency established for research, a cooperative research centre, an institute or centre of research or a privately owned and accredited research facility. Consultancies are not considered to be research institutes for this grant program. Note that privately owned research facilities must provide evidence of accreditation (e.g. National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia, or similar)
  • a non-government/not-for-profit organisation (must comply with the ATO's definition) with an established legal status, or those without legal status that can have grant funds administered by another organisation with legal status.

When could applications be made?

This program is now closed.

Application advisory service

The EPA provided a free application advisory service (AAS) to support eligible applicants to prepare their grant applications. This service was provided by an independent contractor.

This service is now closed.

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

Project measures table

A project measures table will be provided to you with your grant agreement. The project measures table will assist with setting the project baseline, creating targets, recording progress and project achievements.

An updated project measures table will need to be submitted with each progress report.

Progress reports and final report

You are required to submit milestone (progress) reports at agreed intervals to outline what your project has achieved and next steps.

Milestone reports are submitted to the Environmental Trust, who will check to ensure that expenditure is as per the agreed budget. The reports will also be reviewed by technical experts who may provide feedback or advice. Once reviewed and accepted the associated payment will be processed.

A final report will be required upon completion of the project, and once checked and approved the final payment will be made.

Please use milestone reporting form (DOCX 75KB) and final reporting form (DOCX 75KB) for these reports.

Financial reports

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each milestone report. A certified financial report will be required as part of the final report.

Other documents

You may be required to submit other documents or evidence as listed in your grant agreement.

Where to send reports

Please email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

You are required to acknowledge the funding you have received from the Australian and NSW governments in all publications and materials related to your project. Please use the wording below.

This project is funded by the Australian Government's Recycling Modernisation Fund and the NSW Government's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

You also need to use the appropriate dual Australian and NSW government logos which have been provided below. For high resolution logos please contact the Environmental Trust at

The logos are not to be altered in any way.

Sample logo Logo description Logo use Download
 Remanufacture NSW
  • Black logo
  • Transparent background 
  • Transparent background allows it to be used over light coloured backgrounds.
  • Good for blowing up for large items such as signs and banners.
  • Ideal for items being professionally printed.
Black PNG
Sample logo as above
  • Black logo
  • White background
  • Good for use with MS Word.
  • Has a white background, and cannot be used on top of a coloured background.
Black JPG
Sample logo as above – in white
  • White logo
  • Transparent background
  • Transparent background allows it to be used over dark coloured backgrounds.
  • Good for blowing up for large items such as signs and banners.
  • Ideal for items being professionally printed.
White PNG

2022 (round 2)

  • Stream 1 awarded $10,841,278 to 7 projects
  • Stream 2 awarded $255,800 to 2 projects

2021 (round 1)

  • Stream 1 awarded $19,149,265 to 15 projects
  • Stream 2 awarded $2,117,325 to 4 projects

Project summaries