Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program

The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program is not currently open to applications. Round 5 recipients were announced in May 2018.

Albury City Council ($445,840):

The Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) is the region’s major waste disposal facility servicing over 17,000 people.  With the aim to halve the amount of total waste going to landfill, the AWMC is currently targeting timber and wooden pallets, and mattresses for recycling. This project will install shredder and de-nailing pallet processing equipment to recover over 5,100 additional tonnes of pallet timber per year. The material will be used as an alternative fuel in a local paper mill and mulch within the LGA. The project will also establish a local recovery centre within the AWMC to reclaim steel and textiles from an estimate of 3,200 mattresses per year.

Bulk Recovery Solutions ($900,000):

BRS specialises in recycling wet & dry building waste at a commercial level. BRS has researched and trailed methods to manufacture low grade, “Lego-brick” design concrete blocks using a range of waste products including glass, sand, recycled concrete and timber. This project will provide an opportunity to BRS to build a recycling plant to produce the waste material blend to manufacture the blocks. The plant design is unique and includes a crusher, several screens and a materials handling solution to convey and blend different waste streams. At full capacity the plant will divert over 45,000 tonnes of waste from landfill per annum.

Elouera Association (Inc) ($117,000):

This project will add new feeding, sorting and conveying equipment of comingled waste materials into the exiting waste sorting process. Major pieces of equipment include two new in feed Hopper systems, a bouncing belt, a magnetic conveyor and a forklift rotating arm. The enhancement of the sorting facility will divert from landfill 1 tonne of comingled waste per day. Elouera Association will also create 3-5 local jobs for workers with special needs in regional Young.

Lismore City Council ($350,000):

In addition to PET and HDPE Lismore City Council has identified an opportunity to include the separation of Polypropylene (PP) in their current waste sorting process. This project will install a new optical sorting machine in Council’s Materials Recovery Facility to separate and recover PP from the mixed plastics waste stream. It is projected that Council will sell over 600 tonnes of raw PP per annum as a high value commodity in the local market.

NSW Glass Recyclers Pty Ltd ($275,000):

NSW Glass Recyclers will expand its glass recycling processing plant to widen the range of products offered to the market while diverting from landfill nearly 3,500 tonnes of glass fines.  The expansion includes a new grinder system capable of processing glass cullet to finer specifications (0.08 – 0.4 micrometres). The resulting fine glass particles will be used in the manufacture of filtration systems, brick additives, and abrasive and insulation materials.

Shoalhaven City Council ($348,754):

Shoalhaven City Council (SSC) have improved waste separation operations at their West Nowra and Ulladalla waste management facilities. As a result, the amount of materials recovered has doubled and SSC do not have the extra capacity to recover and transport this additional. This project will expand and enhance Nowra and Ulladalla’s waste management facilities operations by installing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the processing, consolidation and financially viable transport of soft plastics, polystyrene and cardboard. SSC projects that through this project over 300 tonnes of plastics and cardboard per annum can be recovered and diverted from landfill.

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Pty Ltd ($260,000):

SUEZ’s Spring Farm Resource Recovery Centre includes a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) that processes 35,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of co-mingled recyclable waste from the south west Sydney metropolitan area. This project will involve the installation of an improved optical sorter in the MRF to increase the diversion of HDPE and mixed plastics from landfill by around 1,734 tpa initially, scaling up to around 2,275 tpa and diverting over 20,000 additional tonnes of plastic materials from landfill over its lifespan.

Weston Aluminium ($1,000,000):

Weston Aluminium has identified an opportunity to expand its current facility to incinerate medical and hazardous waste. Currently, there are very limited disposal and management options of this type of waste stream.  The project will install thermal processing equipment that will be integrated within the northern end of the existing plant. The expansion of the facility will process 8,000 tonnes per annum of medical and hazardous waste, and divert over 90% of this from landfill.

Purpose

This program aims to increase the amount of waste materials recycled in NSW by accelerating and stimulating investment in recycling infrastructure at existing licensed recycling facilities. The program is aimed at increasing resource recovery to meet the NSW 2021 recycling targets.

The program is designed to fund resource recovery facilities that can increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses in a cost-effective manner.

Priority will be given to proposals that expand and enhance infrastructure and plant for:

  • recovery of recyclables from sorted and unsorted waste from business, industry and households
  • processing and stabilisation of residual business, industry and household waste
  • reuse, recycling and reprocessing of recyclable materials from business, industry and households such as
    • paper, glass, metals
    • tyres, rubber
    • wood/timber including engineered timbers
    • copper chrome arsenate treated timber and other treated timbers
    • plastics
    • cardboard and consumer packaging
    • plasterboard and other construction and demolition wastes (excluding asbestos and contaminated waste).

This program will not fund new recycling facilities – the Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program provides support for new infrastructure.

Funding

Individual grants of $100,000 to $1 million are available under two streams; large and medium, to cover up to 50 percent* of the capital costs relating to the enhancement or expansion of infrastructure.

  • Stream 1 (large projects) – applicants with a total project value of $1 million or more
  • Stream 2 (medium projects) - applicants with a total project value of less than $1 million

*The EPA has introduced a ‘Special Consideration’ clause for eligible councils. Councils that do not have the capacity to co-contribute 50% of total costs for large infrastructure projects, such as in regional and rural areas of NSW, may be eligible to apply. For councils that qualify under these provisions, the EPA will consider funding up to 75% of total eligible costs. Please contact the EPA to find out if your council is eligible for Special Consideration.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to:

  • Councils (as defined in the Local Government Act), regional organisation of councils or other local government controlled organisation
  • non-government/not-for-profit organisation (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or without a legal status but is being administered by another organisation
  • company or partnership as defined under the Corporations Act.

Business case advisory service

Applicants can apply to the EPA for support to help prepare their business case. The business case is a key component of your application, and highlights the feasibility of your infrastructure project. Use of this service is highly encouraged. Eligible applicants may apply for up to 8 hours of support. To apply, please complete the Business Case Advisory Service Application Form (see guidelines and application forms below) and email to infrastructure.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au

Guidelines and application forms

Guidelines and applications forms for round 5, which closed on 20 December 2017, are available below.

Reporting

The reporting templates for Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program are provided below. Grantees should refer to their Deed of Agreement (PDF 1.2MB) for evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

Form Purpose
Project Measures Table (DOCX 16KB) Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone. 
Waste Programs Milestone Report Form (DOCX 37KB) Communicates your project’s progress and achievements as set agreed milestones during the project.
Waste Programs Final Report Form (DOCX 37KB) Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of Expenditure (XLSX 17KB) A statement of expenditure is required with each milestone and final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries from the previous rounds are available on the Office of Environment and Heritage website 

More information

For more information contact the Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit by phone on (02) 9995 6920 or email infrastructure.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au.

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