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Circulate, NSW EPA Industrial Ecology Program

Program snapshot

Category: Business Recycling Program

Amounts: Total of $4.2 million in grants; individual grants of $100,000 to $500,000

Eligible bodies: Industry and business

Contact: 1300 361 967 or

Status: Round 2 now closed.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority


Circulate, NSW EPA Industrial Ecology (previously Industrial Ecology Business Support Network Grants Program) is a four year, $4.2 million program designed to support business networks across NSW. Recipients develop synergies with similar industries to identify waste reuse and recycling projects, increase efficiency and save money by reducing waste sent to landfill.

Grant recipients

Round 1

Round 1 allocated Industrial Ecology (IE) $1,623,965 to 6 projects

Organisation Region Funding Description

Mike Ritchie and Associates Pty Ltd

Murray region


The Murray region is a major food-producing area with some very large-scale food processing plants providing untapped opportunities to separate and recover packaged food waste that for various reasons fails to meet specifications. Local processors interested in securing significant quantities of plastic film for re-use have also been identified as a significant target for this network.


Inland region


There has been strong interest in establishing a bio-hub in the region to focus on recovering value from food manufacturing waste. The significant mining activities in the region also offer an opportunity to use local materials to rehabilitate mine sites.

WildBlue Global Consulting

Hunter region


The Hunter region has pockets of concentrated heavy manufacturing and mining along with a traditional agricultural base, providing potential for industrial ecology opportunities targeting the recovery and local re-use of metals, plastics, timber and organics.

Edge Environment Pty Ltd

Sydney region


The Sydney region offers an opportunity to tap into more than 2.5 million square metres of office fit-out material that is currently made redundant each year, including metal and timber desks, chairs, partitions and computer equipment. Working with office churn has the potential to return 3000 to 4000 tonnes of metals, timber, glass and plastics to the productive economy each year. Additional opportunities are available in the fast-food industry to investigate reducing waste associated with the preparation and sale of large volumes of food in Sydney.

Resource Recovery Australia

South-east region


South-east NSW has areas of heavy industry mixed with established agriculture and tourism. The Industrial Ecology Business Support Network will develop waste recovery opportunities in timber, plastic and metals as well as build on the existing food organics recovery currently underway in the region.

Resource Recovery Australia

North coast region


With a seasonal tourism industry, a strong agricultural base and small pockets of light manufacturing, the North Coast Industrial Ecology Business Support Network has the opportunity to develop initiatives that recover value from plastic film and timber.

Round 2

Round 2 allocated $973,757 to fund 7 industrial ecology projects under the Circulate, NSW EPA Industrial Ecology Program.

Advitech Pty Ltd Murray Region: Murray and Murrumbidgee Areas $87,650 Plastics Work with local farmers and industry to recycle plastic waste such as silage wrap, grain tubes, pit covers and baling twine. These plastic wastes will be processed and can be recycled into materials such as timber replacement products.
Cross Connections Consulting Hunter Region: Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Areas $150,400 Packaging & Logistics and Building Operation Waste Facilitate opportunities for local markets and Industrial Ecology connections to be made that will ensure material recovered from building sites is put back into the productive economy. Packaging and building operational waste can be recycled into materials such as new building products.
Edge Environment Sydney Region: Sydney Metropolitian Area $182,000 Building Operation Waste Industry research highlights that resource recovery from office defit is approx. 20% in the Sydney CBD. The materials being removed from commercial buildings contain a mix of hard fill, glass, plasterboard, carpet, ceiling tiles, furniture and cabinetry. This project aims to progress the industry standard to 80% resource recovery and significant landfill avoidance.
Edge Environment Sydney Region: Sydney Metropolitian Area $110,000 Food Supply Chain Waste Work with local food supply chains, and other industries, to address organic waste as well as plastic waste such as hairnets, plastic aprons, soiled plastics and polyethylene covers. These wastes will be processed and can be recycled into materials such as timber replacement products, such as park outdoor furniture.
Stephen Mitchell Associates Sydney Region: Sydney Metropolitian Area $143,225 Timber Work with timber recyclers, wood product maufacturers (including frame and truss fabricators), importers and logistics companies to recycle waste timber offcuts and reuse/recycle redundant timber pallets and crates.
WildBlue Global Consulting Hunter Region: Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Areas $153,000 Wood and Pallets Collect timber pallets on the Central Coast and then transport to Tamworth region for processing into animal bedding. Ultimate aim is to establish processing facilities in the Central Coast/Hunter region.
zeRRRo South East Region: Wollongong, South East and South Coast Areas $147,482 Timber Facilitate the reuse of timber waste including pallets and other timber offcuts that often end up in landfill. Under this project quality pallets and timber will be reused and lesser quality timbers will be recovered for reuse and processing, as mulch and compost.

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6179

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Page last updated: 04 April 2017