Civil Construction Market Program grants

Category: Business Recycling Program

Amounts: Total of $2.5 million in grants; individual grants up to $250,000

Eligible bodies: Business such as consultants, contractors and waste service providers, not for profit organisations, councils, industry bodies, product stewardship groups  

Contact: 131 555 or infrastructure.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Open. Closing date is 12 February 2021

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority

About

The Civil Construction Market Program provides grants to organisations to divert construction and demolition (C&D) waste from landfill, and post-consumer recyclate such as glass, paper and plastic through reuse, recycling and industrial ecology projects in the NSW civil construction sector. 

Aims and objectives

The program aims to

  • support increased re-use and recycling of C&D materials in NSW civil construction projects
  • help drive end markets in the NSW construction sector for post-consumer recyclate

The program objectives are to

  • reduce the amount of C&D material sent to landfill
  • create new markets and opportunities for C&D waste material within NSW civil construction projects
  • create new markets and opportunities for post-consumer recyclate within NSW civil construction projects
  • remove risk associated with trialling innovative resource recovery methods 

Application details

Intake 8 – closes 5pm 12 February 2021

Download

Send your completed application form by email to infrastructure.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au. Add “your organisation name, Civil Construction Market Program Application” to the subject line

What is a civil project?

For this program, a civil project is defined as any Government-led construction project within NSW which is public-owned. 

What types of civil projects are supported?

This program supports civil construction projects within NSW. A construction project can include construction and demolition of

  • infrastructure such as roadways, footpaths, bridges, tunnels, provisions for stormwater management, drainage and utilities and noise walls but can also include other public-owned assets such as public space and parklands (this is not an exhaustive list).
  • new government buildings such libraries, halls, office buildings etc. The project must divert construction and demolition waste (C&D waste) from landfill and /or use post-consumer recyclate sourced from MRFs. 

The project must divert construction and demolition waste (C&D waste) from landfill and /or use post-consumer recyclate such as glass, paper and plastic sourced from MRFs. 

Eligible materials

Examples of eligible C&D source materials which would otherwise be sent to landfill include

  • crushed materials
  • recovered aggregates
  • clay, soil, sand and rock
  • slurry
  • wood products, mulch, tree guards, stakes and ballasts
  • glass
  • Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM)
  • Excavated Natural Material (ENM)

Examples of eligible materials sourced from materials recycling facilities include

  • glass
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • plastics

See Guidelines for applicants (PDF 737KB) for program details.

Project examples

Examples of potential project activities include

  • recycling C&D material into new construction products, which are then used in civil construction projects, for example recycling spoil material in roadbase
  • reusing C&D material in new civil construction projects, for example recovering bricks for a new civil development
  • recycling plastic from a MRF into new construction products such as use of post-consumer plastic in stormwater or sewage pipes

  • recycling glass from a MRF to create new civil infrastructure, for example glass fines in roads, pathways or concrete

Grant recipients

Round 1

Intake 7

Allocated $735,987 to support three projects that will trial different uses of glass in civil construction projects:

Fulton Hogan Industries
$250,000
This project will upgrade Fulton Hogan’s Eastern Creek asphalt plant to enable the ongoing use of recycled crushed glass as a replacement for sand in asphalt for road construction projects in Sydney.

Fulton Hogan Construction
$236,000
This project will use recycled crushed glass as a replacement for sand in asphalt on construction of the Albion Park Rail bypass. The project will develop the market for recycled glass in the Illawarra and South Coast area.

John Holland
$249,987
This project will develop and trial a low carbon Geopolymer Concrete (GPC) containing recycled crushed glass as a replacement for sand. The project aims to unlock new markets from recycled glass in non-structural concrete in civil construction projects in NSW.

Intakes 4, 5 and 6

No grants awarded.

Intake 3

Allocated $287,000 to support two projects that will trial different uses of glass in civil construction projects

Canterbury-Bankstown Council
$179,500
Trialling the use of recycled glass in the production of road base. The project will test specifications and trial use in the Council’s road construction projects.

Lendlease Engineering
$107,636
The project will use recycled glass from Lismore Council in pavement concrete on three trial sites as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade.

Need assistance?

If you have any questions about your project’s eligibility, please contact the Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Team on 9995 6951 or email infrastructure.grants @epa.nsw.gov.au

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