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Grants to enhance household, business and problem waste recycling now open

Media release: 13 May 2016

Grants to help improve the recycling of household, business and priority problem wastes in NSW are now open for application.

Round 3 Resource Recovery Facility Enhancement and Expansion grants and Round 2 Innovation in Priority Problem Waste Management grants are being delivered by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in partnership with the Environmental Trust as part of the Waste Less Recycle More program.

  • Resource Recovery Facility Enhancement and Expansion grants are open to councils, industry and businesses who operate licensed waste management facilities in NSW to help increase the recycling of household and business waste. This round also extends the grants to facilities that process Construction & Demolition waste (excluding asbestos and contaminated waste), shredder floc and other priority problem waste.

    Grants are available between $100,000 and $1 million to cover up to 50 per cent of project capital costs.
  • Innovation in Priority Problem Waste Management grants are to fund innovative projects focussing on the recovery of plastic film and other plastics, treated timbers, tyres and rubber, nappies and incontinence pads, e-waste and shredder floc.

    Grants are available in two streams ranging from $20,000 to $1 million to cover up to 50 per cent of project capital costs for projects that provide new recycling infrastructure solutions, establish or expand recycled material markets though research and development, and improve or introduce new approaches and technologies to increase problem waste recycling facility efficiency.

EPA Chair and CEO, Barry Buffier said that encouraging innovation and enhancing recycling opportunities is critical to reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

“The EPA has been working steadily to meet the ambitious target to divert 75 percent of all waste from landfill by 2021,” Mr Buffier said.

“Much of the waste ends up in landfill is recyclable so finding new and expanded ways to capture and divert that waste is a priority of Waste Less Recycle More.”

Environmental Trust Senior Manager Grants, Peter Dixon, said applications for both grant rounds close at 5pm on Monday 27 June 2016.

“The Trust has a long history in working with Local Government and non-government organisations to tackle waste, recycling and sustainability issues,” Mr Dixon said.

“This program is a great continuation of that, with the EPA and Trust working together to fund innovative new and expanded recycling projects to help enhance our overall recycling rates."

More information about how to apply for the grants is available here: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/WLRMI.htm.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 13 May 2016