Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management Grants Program

Program snapshot

Category: Recycling Innovation Fund

Eligible bodies: Industry, councils, not-for profit, tertiary/research organisations.


Status: To be confirmed, however funding will not be released before 1 July 2017.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust


The Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management Grants Program aims at innovative projects that will provide new recycling infrastructure solutions, establish (or expand) recycled material markets through research and development, and improve and introduce new approaches and technologies to increase the efficiency of recycling facilities for priority problem wastes.

Wastes targeted as priorities under both streams of the program are 'problematic' materials that are not captured under other Waste Less, Recycle More programs, do not have existing mature markets or are contaminating waste streams that could otherwise be recovered if they were removed.

The priority problem wastes which are the focus for Round 2 of the program include:

  • plastic film and other plastics
  • copper Chrome Arsenic (CCA) timber and other treated timbers
  • tyres and rubber
  • nappies and incontinence pads
  • electronic waste (e-waste)
  • shredder floc

Strong and compelling proposals for other wastes will still be considered. These other waste could include:

  • materials that lack established recycled material markets in NSW
  • residue wastes generated from recycling processes
  • contaminants that if removed could increase the recovery of a waste stream
  • high toxicity, low volume waste streams that pose significant risk of harm to the environment and human health.

Delivered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust, this program encourages collaboration of industry and research organisations to achieve these goals.

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 provides free support to applicants to help prepare their business case.

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.

Information Sessions

The EPA and the Environmental Trust will be holding an information session with further information.

An information session will be held on Thursday 19 May 2016 from 9.30 am to 11.30 am at:
Vibe Hotel Sydney
111 Goulburn Street Sydney NSW.

To RSVP please send an email to by 5.00 pm Tuesday 17 May 2016.

For those unable to attend, a webinar will be held on 27 May 2016 from 10 am to 11.30 am. Register online for the information session on the Priority Problem Waste Program - Resource Recovery Expansion Enhancement Program

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch

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