Remanufacture NSW

This program provides co-funding for waste and recycling infrastructure to support industry to respond to Australia’s waste export ban through the Recycling Modernisation Fund.

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 the Recycling Modernisation Fund and the NSW Government, and was delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).


Remanufacture NSW offered funding opportunities to support the NSW resource recovery sectors response to changes brought about by the decision to ban the export of unbeneficiated waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres. Remanufacture NSW ensured New South Wales lead by example and maximised recycling and reuse activities and kept materials within the productive economy.

The program targeted the waste materials subject to the export ban: plastic, paper, glass and tyres.

Remanufacture NSW offered funding of up to $35 million in total.

Under Stream 1 the establishment of new recycling infrastructure and equipment will be co-funded, and includes, but is not limited to:

  • Improving sorting technology and/or increased capacity for glass, plastic and paper products at materials recovery facilities (MRFs).
  • Improving cleaning technology for glass and plastic products at waste facilities.
  • Increasing mixed plastics processing capacity.
  • Building capacity to process higher value single stream plastics such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high density polyethylene).
  • Building capacity to process single stream plastics other than PET and 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 waste export ban materials will be co-funded, and include, but are not limited to:

  • Trials that support the reuse of waste export ban materials.
  • 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 MRFs to increase the quality of output materials, reduce contamination and/or increase capacity.
  • Trials that test upgrading plastic sorting, processing and manufacture 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 glass processing, remanufacturing and new applications for recycled glass.
  • 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

Grants of between $100,000 and $5 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 – Trials projects.

Who can 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 can 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.

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).

Acknowledgement requirement

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. We will provide you with the required acknowledgement wording. You also need to use the combined Australian and NSW Governments logo. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.