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Waste and recycling

Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program

Program snapshot

Category: Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund

Amounts: Total of $43.1 million; individual grants: $1 million to $5 million for private sector and not-for-profit organisations; $1 million to $10 million for councils. Grants cover up to 50 per cent of project capital costs.

Eligible bodies: Councils, industry, business and not-for profit organisations

Contact: 1300 361 967 or

Status: Round 2 now closed.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust


The $43.1 million, three-year Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program aims to accelerate and stimulate investment in new waste and recycling infrastructure.

Projects are assessed for their capacity to cost-effectively increase household and business waste recycling. Infrastructure priorities are considered for:

  • recovery of recyclables from sorted and unsorted waste from business and households
  • reuse, recycling and reprocessing of recyclable materials from business and households such as plastics, timber, paper, cardboard, consumer packaging and tyres
  • processing, stabilisation and energy recovery from residual business and household waste

The program is delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust.

Business case advisory service

Applicants are required to submit a business case as a key component of their application, detailing their project’s feasibility. The EPA commissioned Hyder Consulting to provide free support to applicants to help prepare their business case.

Note: All major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program grant applicants can obtain the Cost Benefit Analysis tools developed by Hyder Consulting by contacting the EPA on (02) 9995 6903 or emailing

Infrastructure Advice for Grant Recipients

Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grant recipients can apply for free infrastructure and procurement advice.

How to apply

Download application forms and guidelines from the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Past recipients

Round 1

View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Round 2

View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6903

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Page last updated: 24 May 2017