Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program

Program snapshot

Category: Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund

Amounts: Total of $25 million from 2017-2021; 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. Councils that are eligible under the Special Consideration clause may be funded up to 75% of the capital costs.

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

Contact: (02) 9995 6920 or

Status: Round 3 closes 2 November 2017.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust


Under the Waste Less Recycle More Extension, the Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grant program (MRRI) has been allocated a further $25 million over four years to accelerate and stimulate investment in waste and recycling infrastructure and increase resource recovery to help meet the NSW 2021 recycling targets.

The program is designed to fund major resource recovery facilities that can increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses in a cost-effective manner.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on the

  • 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 Arcadis Design and Consultancy to provide up to 16 hours of free support to applicants to help prepare their business case.

The role of the advisors is to support the applicant as they prepare their business case; advising on appropriate analysis, content and presentation of information.

To apply, applicants need to complete the EPA’s Business Case Advisory Service application form which can be found on the NSW Environmental Trust’s webpage. You are encouraged to apply early to allow sufficient time and resources for your request to be met. Requests for support under the Business Case Advisory Service are now closed. 

How to apply for grants

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.

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