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, not for profit organisations, councils, industry bodies, product stewardship groups  

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

Status: Opened on 24 January 2018.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority

About

The Civil Construction Market Program provides grants to local government, consultants, contractors and waste service providers who can 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 2020. Individual grants can apply for up to $250,000. 

Aims

The program aims 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
  • fly ash
  • slurry
  • slags, e.g. metallurgical
  • 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

How to apply

Round 1 opened on 24 January 2018 and will remain open until funds are exhausted, or until June 2020.

The Technical Review Committee will meet quarterly to assess applications. Proposed meeting dates and application intake dates are

Grant application intake closing date: Technical Review Committee meeting date
Intake 1: 17 April 2018 Meeting 1: 15 May 2018
Intake 2: 16 July 2018
Meeting 2: 14 August 2018
Intake 3: 15 October 2018
Meeting 3: 13 November 2018
Intake 4: 12 February 2109 Meeting 4: 13 March 2019

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

Need assistance

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

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