Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program

This program is currently closed to applications. Grants from 2018 onwards, will no longer be offered through the NSW Environmental Trust.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority will be managing this program from 2018. For more information regarding future funding rounds, contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority. 


This was a $15.5 million program which aimed to increase recycling of household and business waste by reusing, recycling, reprocessing and recovering materials through expanding existing major recycling and processing facilities.

The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement program supported projects that built on existing facilities and complements the Major Resource Recovery Facility Infrastructure grants program which funds capital works on new facilities.

Grants awarded between 2013 and 2017, were delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust (the Trust) and NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). From 2018, grants will be offered and managed by the EPA whilst prior grants will continue to tbe managed by the Trust (in partnership with the EPA) until project completion. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.


Grants of between $100,000 and $1,000,000 were available, covering up to 50% of the capital costs relating to enhancing or expanding existing recycling and processing facilities.

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.

As this program evolved, the EPA recognised that the C&D waste sector had the potential to return large volumes of recovered material into the economy and reduce its environmental impact. Small and medium sized operators in the C&D waste sector were therefore able to access this program to improve the volume of materials recovered from C&D waste.

Who could apply?

Grants were available to:

  • Non-government or not-for-profit organisations (who complied with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or without a legal status but was 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.

In addition, organisations had to own and operate a resource recovery facility that was licensed by the NSW EPA and have a history of compliance with NSW environment protection laws. 


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.

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. Under the Environmental Trust, the program has delivered the following funding rounds:

  • In 2017, a total of $1,501,280 was allocated to 3 projects.
  • In 2016, a total of $4,224,653 was allocated to 9 projects.
  • In 2015, a total of $4,547,125 was allocated to 9 projects.
  • In 2013, a total of $5,197,157 was allocated to 9 projects.
Page last updated: 07 August 2018