Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program

The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program is now open to applications. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 20 December 2017.


This program aims to increase the amount of waste materials recycled by accelerating and stimulating investment in recycling infrastructure at existing licensed recycling facilities, and increasing resource recovery to meet the NSW 2021 recycling targets.

The program is designed to fund 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 expand and enhance infrastructure and plant for:

  • recovery of recyclables from sorted and unsorted waste from business, industry and households
  • processing and stabilisation of residual business, industry and household waste
  • reuse, recycling and reprocessing of recyclable materials from business, industry and households such as
    • paper, glass, metals
    • tyres, rubber
    • wood/timber including engineered timbers
    • copper chrome arsenate treated timber and other treated timbers
    • plastics
    • cardboard and consumer packaging
    • plasterboard and other construction and demolition wastes (excluding asbestos and contaminated waste)

This program will not fund new recycling facilities – the Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program provides support for new infrastructure and is currently open until 2 November 2017.


Individual grants of $100,000 to $1 million are available under two streams; large and medium, to cover up to 50 percent* of the capital costs relating to the enhancement or expansion of infrastructure.

  • Stream 1 (large projects) – applicants with a total project value of $1 million or more
  • Stream 2 (medium projects) - applicants with a total project value of less than $1 million

*The EPA has introduced a ‘Special Consideration’ clause for eligible councils. Councils that do not have the capacity to co-contribute 50% of total costs for large infrastructure projects, such as in regional and rural areas of NSW, may be eligible to apply. For councils that qualify under these provisions, the EPA will consider funding up to 75% of total eligible costs. Please contact the EPA to find out if your council is eligible for Special Consideration.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to

  • Councils (as defined in the Local Government Act), regional organisation of councils or other local government controlled organisation
  • non-government/not-for-profit organisation (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or without a legal status but is being administered by another organisation
  • company or partnership as defined under the Corporations Act

Business case advisory service

Applicants can apply to the EPA for support to help prepare their business case. The business case is a key component of your application, and highlights the feasibility of your infrastructure project. Use of this service is highly encouraged. Eligible applicants may apply for up to 8 hours of support. To apply, please complete the Business Case Advisory Service Application Form (see guidelines and application forms below) and email to

Information webinars

A webinar is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 1 November 2017. To register your interest please email Dates and times of any subsequent webinars, if required, will be advised.

Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist.

Applications close on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.


The reporting templates for Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program are provided below. Grantees should refer to their Deed of Agreement (PDF 1.2MB) for evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

Form Purpose
Project Measures Table (DOCX 16KB) Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone. 
Waste Programs Milestone Report Form (DOCX 37KB) Communicates your project’s progress and achievements as set agreed milestones during the project.
Waste Programs Final Report Form (DOCX 37KB) Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of Expenditure (XLSX 17KB) A statement of expenditure is required with each milestone and final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries from the previous rounds are available on the Office of Environment and Heritage website 

More information

For more information contact the Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit by phone on (02) 9995 6920 or email

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