Recycling Innovation grants program

This program is currently closed to applications.

Purpose

This is a $16.5 million program (previously the Innovation in Priority Problem Waste Management grants program and now merged with the Innovation in Shredder Floc Managment grants program) which supports 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 priority problem waste.

The program focuses on priority problem wastes such as: copper chrome arsenic (CCA) timber and other treated timbers, electronic waste (e-waste), nappies and incontinence pads, plastic film and other plastics, shredder floc, tyres and rubber. However, any strong and compelling proposals for other wastes were also considered, 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
  • high-toxicity, low-volume waste streams that pose significant risk of harm to the environment and human health.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and NSW Environmental Protection Authority under Waste Less, Recycle More. Additional information on this program can be found on the EPA website.

Funding

Grants were available to cover up to 50% under the following streams: 

Stream 1: Infrastructure

Stream 2: Research and Development

Grants of between $100,000 and $1 million were available for capital costs that demonstrated new and emerging technologies.

 

 

Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 were available for research and development partnerships.

Projects could include: 

  • designing and developing new products using recycled materials with a commercial application 
  • development of new markets for existing products through field trials with customers, product testing, and development for specifications. 

Who can apply?

Grants were available to all organisations with preference given to projects that involved partnerships between industry, tertiary and research institutions, and commercial organisations.

Note: All applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations not individuals or sole traders.

 

Example Stream 2 guidelines and application forms

Reporting

The reporting templates for grantees are provided below (a quick link is also available on the right-hand column of this web page). Grantees should refer to their Deed of Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

FormPurpose
Stream 1 - Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Stream 2 - Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Milestone Report Communicates your project’s progress and achievements at set agreed milestones during the project.
Final Report Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Stream 1 - Statement of Expenditure Reports on expenditure to date for each milestone and final report. The Statement of Expenditure should be built on for each milestone and the final report.
Stream 2 - Statement of Expenditure Reports on expenditure to date for each milestone and final report. The Statement of Expenditure should be built on for each milestone and the final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries are available for the awarded projects to date.  The program has delivered the following funding rounds: 

In 2016, a total of 1,961,669 was allocated to 6 projects:

  • Under Stream 1: $1,503,969 was awarded to 3 projects
  • Under Stream 2: $457,700 was awarded to 3 projects

In 2015, a total of $6,893,028 was allocated to 20 projects:

  • Under Stream 1: $6,404,468 was awarded to 13 projects
  • Under Stream 2: $488,560 was awarded to 7 projects

Project summaries are also available for the awarded projects for the former Innovation in Shredder Floc Management grants program. In 2014, a total of $3,198,589 was allocated to 2 projects.

Page last updated: 07 August 2018