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

Status: Currently closed for applications. The latest intake closed on 15 April 2020, applications are currently under assessment.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority


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

Funding available

A total of $2.5million is available for projects until exhausted or until June 2021. Individual grants can apply for up to $250,000. 

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 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 

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?

A civil 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. 

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

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 into roadbase
  • reusing C&D material into 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


These documents are for information only. 

Information webinar

The EPA held an information session and webinar on 05 July 2018 for potential applicants, including local government, business, industry and not-for-profit organisations on three Waste Less, Recycle More grants programs.

The session introduced the Product Improvement Program and the revisions to the Civil Construction Market and Circulate Programs. 

The session also provides an update on the EPA’s response to China’s National Sword Policy.

Segment times:
00:00 – 18:06     Introduction & update on EPA’s response to China’s National Sword policy
18:10 – 36:45     Circulate (Industrial Ecology Program)
36:46 – 50:31     Civil Construction Market Program
50:34 – 1:55:05  Product Improvement Program

Grant recipients

Round 1

Intake 3

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

Canterbury-Bankstown Council
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
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.

Intakes 4 and 5

No grants awarded.

Need assistance?

If you have any questions about your project’s eligibility, please contact the Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Team on 9995 5431 or email infrastructure.grants

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