Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program

This program is currently closed to applications.


This is a $63 million program which aims to reuse, recycle, reprocess and recover materials through funding the construction of major recycling and processing facilities.

The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure program supports new infrastructure facilities and complements the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program which funds capital works on expansions or enhancements of existing facilities.

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 can be found on the EPA website.


Grants were available to cover up to 50%* of capital costs relating to proposed new resource recovery infrastructure with the following amounts available:

  • $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 for projects proposed by the private sector and not-for-profit organisations
  • $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 for projects proposed by councils, regional groups of councils and other local-government controlled organisations.

Facilities funded under this program aim to cost-effectively increase recycling of materials from businesses, industry and households such as:

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • consumer packaging
  • plastics
  • glass
  • metals
  • tyres
  • rubber
  • wood/timber (including engineered timbers)
  • copper chrome arsenic (CCA) treated timber and other treated timbers
  • e-waste
  • plasterboard and other construction and development (C&D) waste excluding asbestos
  • contaminated waste.

Priority was given to proposals that focussed on processing, stabilising and energy recovery from residual business and household waste.

* The Trust made a change in 2017 regarding Special Consideration provisions, which was introduced for eligible councils in regional and rural areas of NSW that did not have the capacity to co-contribute 50% of the total project costs. For councils that qualified under these provisions, the Trust allowed grants up to 75% of total eligible costs. 

Who can apply?

Grants were available to:

  • Non-government or not-for-profit organisations (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or without a legal status but is being administered by another organisation.
  • NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act).
  • Other local government controlled organisations (or deemed to have the same local government function).
  • Private industry or partnerships as defined under the Corporations Act.
  • Regional organisations of councils who could apply or coordinate projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominated a contact person for the project.

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


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

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.
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 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.
Page last updated: 05 December 2018