$3.6 million boost for recycling

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is awarding more than $3.6 million to waste and reprocessing facilities, and manufacturing plants to increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses.

NSW EPA Executive Director of Waste and Resource Recovery – Operations and Programs Carmen Dwyer said the funding is assisting waste and recycling facilities to invest in new infrastructure to respond to changes in recycling markets and boost recycling.

“Nine projects have been successful in accessing a total of $3,654,000 in funding through the Product Improvement Program.

“The funding will support licensed waste facilities, reprocessing facilities and manufacturing plants to increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses, in a cost-effective manner.

“Projects funded include boosting the recycling of foam, increasing recycling of kerbside plastics, reducing contamination in recycling of paper and plastics and processing crushed glass for use in road base.

“These innovative projects will help to mitigate the effects of China’s National Sword Policy by improving the quality of recycled materials, increasing the capability to recover and reprocess waste materials, and stimulating local remanufacturing capacity in NSW.”

The grants have been awarded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia.

For a list of grant recipients in this round and more information about the grants program visit

https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/infrastructure-fund/product-improvement-program