Weighbridge Fund

Program snapshot

Category: Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Program

Amounts: Individual grants of 50% of the capital cost to install a weighbridge, up to a maximum of $75,000

Eligible bodies: Waste and recycling facilities in the waste levy areas and licensed landfills outside the waste levy area

Status: Next round commences July 2017.

Managed by:  EPA

Aims

Waste Less, Recycle More under the Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund aims to accelerate and stimulate investment in infrastructure, to increase NSW's capacity to process and recycle waste. This includes funding support for waste and recycling facilities to install weighbridges.

The Weighbridge Fund

  • supports recycling facilities and landfills that meet the eligibility criteria
  • aims to facilitate the collection and payment of the waste and environment levy.
  • ensures waste is better quantified, and supports better environmental performance at waste and recycling facilities

If your facility recovers, recycles, processes or stores waste and is liable for the waste levy, you are required to install a weighbridge and accurately record waste movements.

Eligibility

Grants under this program are made available to organisations, not individuals.

Successful applicant organisations must operate a facility that meets the requirements for either

  • landfills, or
  • recycling, processing and waste transfer facilities

Landfills are eligible only if they

  • have been granted an environment protection licence for waste disposal
  • received less than 5000 tonnes of waste last year
  • do not currently have a weighbridge

Recycling, processing or waste transfer facilities are only eligible if they

  • receive waste for processing, recycling, storage or transfer only
  • are located in a waste levy paying region
  • do not currently have a weighbridge
  • have been granted an environment protection licence (or have applied for an environment protection licence), which covers resource recovery, waste processing (non-thermal treatment) or waste storage.

The following facilities are not eligible for weighbridge funding

  • facilities only required to be licensed for clinical and related waste, liquid waste, hazardous or restricted solid waste
  • facilities only required to be licenced for slags or virgin excavated natural material
  • facilities operating solely as ceramic works, composting, container reconditioning, contaminated soil treatment, or paper or pulp production facilities
  • facilities licensed only for metallurgical activities

See Schedule 1 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 for details of licence activities.

See the Waste levy fact sheet (PDF 67KB) for further details of waste levy requirements.

Free application assistance

The EPA has engaged consultants to provide assistance to Weighbridge Fund applicants, free of charge. Up to 4 hours assistance is available for each eligible applicant for

  • advice about the application process and requirements
  • review and quality check of application forms
  • review of project plans and application evidence

We encourage applicants to take advantage of this application assistance. To apply

Contact the EPA on 9995 5990 for more information.

Guidelines and application forms

Find guidelines and application forms here when the next funding round opens in July 2017.

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