More than $23 million in grants to boost recycling

The NSW Government is awarding more than $23 million in grants to fund new infrastructure to increase recycling and support the use of recycled materials in manufacturing.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said NSW has a strong history of recycling and we are working hard to ensure that continues by investing in major resource recovery infrastructure.

“NSW will continue to lead the way with this new funding, aimed at accelerating investment in waste and recycling infrastructure and help address challenges the industry faces in NSW,” Mr Kean said.

“The capital costs of major infrastructure can be a significant barrier to the establishment of new and innovative recycling facilities, so these grants give projects the boost they need to get up and running quickly and effectively.

“The grants will see new large-scale infrastructure built to recover and process valuable waste materials into new products.”

Four projects have been awarded $17.58 million funding under Round 4 of the Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program. They are part of the NSW Government’s $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia.

Three of the projects will support new facilities to process paper, cardboard and plastic to a quality that can be re-used to make new products. The fourth project, a chlorine bypass system, will enable the Berrima cement kiln to be able to use more locally produced refuse-derived fuel (RDF) as a cleaner alternative to coal.

A further 13 projects have been awarded almost $5.5 million under Round 2 of the Product Improvement Program. These projects will increase the recycling and reuse of a range of challenging materials including tyres, plastics, crushed glass and polystyrene.

“These projects will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, maximise the use of our valuable resources by promoting reuse, and will create new jobs for the people of NSW.”

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