New Grants

Under the NSW  Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund  round 2 of the Product Improvement Program (PIP)    is now open and has a total budget of $6.3 million and offers funding in two streams.

  • Stream 1 (Infrastructure projects) 
    Applicants interested in applying for an infrastructure grant (excluding those under the Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program) should apply under Stream 1. 
  • Stream 2 (Research and Development projects) 
    Applicants with a research and development proposal should apply under Stream 2, which has separate guidelines and application form.


What is the funding for?

Infrastructure Stream:

The program targets:

  • waste generated by households (yellow-lid bin) and commercial and industrial premises, e.g. mixed paper/cardboard, plastics, glass, tyres, engineered and treated timbers, e-waste and plasterboard
  • identified priority waste materials
  • wastes generated by construction and demolition works.

The program supports co-investment in infrastructure projects that aim to do one or more of the following:

  • improve the quality of recycled materials produced by material recovery facilities (MRFs) to better supply local and international markets and reduce the amount of unrecyclable material left at the end of the recycling process
  • increase the amount of waste materials recycled in NSW and divert additional waste from landfill by accelerating and stimulating investment in recycling infrastructure
  • increase the capability and capacity to recover and reprocess waste materials in NSW
  • increase the use of recycled content in the manufacture of products within NSW
  • increase the recovery of identified priority waste materials.


Grants of between $50,000 and $1,000,000 are available to fund infrastructure projects. The grant will support up to 50% of the capital costs for equipment or infrastructure. Councils and not-for-profit organisations that are eligible under the ‘special consideration clause’ may be eligible for funding of up to 75% of the capital costs. A co-contribution from the applicant organisation will be required.


Research and Development Stream:

The aim of Stream 2 is to fund innovative research and development projects that will help to develop new, or expand existing, recycled material (product) markets. This includes projects that introduce new, or improve existing, approaches and technologies to increase the efficiency of recycling facilities that manage or are impacted by problem wastes.

Grants of between $20,000 and $150,000 are available, covering up to 50% of costs relating to research and development projects. A co-contribution from the applicant organisation will be required. The applicant’s co-contribution must be cash-based, which can be attributed to payment of specific invoices covering at least 50% of the eligible costs and at least equal to the grant amount.


Eligibility – who can access this grant?

To be eligible for Stream 1 (Infrastructure) funding, an organisation must meet all of the following criteria:

  • currently own and operate a facility that meets one of the following descriptions
    • an MRF that is licensed by the EPA or, if currently unlicensed, be in the process of obtaining an Environment Protection Licence from the EPA
    • an MRF that is currently operating under licensing thresholds, and the capacity of which is being expanded
    • a facility that reprocesses recovered waste material
    • a facility that manufactures goods from post-consumer products (e.g. plastics, glass)
  • be one of the following types of organisations
    • council (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act 1993), 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
    • non-government/not-for-profit organisation (must comply with the ATO’s definition) without a legal status that is able to have grant funds administered by another organisation
    • a company or partnership as defined under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001
    • a State Government entity
  • have a history of compliance with NSW environment protection laws.


Eligible organisations for Stream 2 (Research and Development) funding include:

  • not-for-profit organisations/non-government (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or those without a legal status that are able to have grant funds administered by another organisation with legal status
  • NSW local councils (as defined in theNSW Local Government Act 1993)
  • other local-government controlled organisations (or deemed to have the same local government function)
  • private industry or partnership as defined under the Corporations Act
  • Regional Organisations of Councils (ROC) where they apply and/or coordinate projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominates a contact person for the project.


How do I apply?

Further information on these grants can be found on the following links:

Applications for Round 2 close at 4pm on 26 July 2019.

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