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$20K-$1m grants open for NSW recycling projects

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Applications are open for grants for projects to help improve the recycling of household, business and priority problem wastes in NSW.

EPA NSW in partnership with the Environmental Trust are rolling out Round 3 of the Resource Recovery Facility Enhancement and Expansion grants, and Round 2 of the Innovation in Priority Problem Waste Management grants.

Barry Buffier, EPA NSW Chair and CEO, said that encouraging innovation and enhancing recycling opportunities is critical to reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

“The EPA has been working steadily to meet the ambitious target to divert 75 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2021,” Mr Buffier said. “Much of the waste ends up in landfill is recyclable so finding new and expanded ways to capture and divert that waste is a priority of Waste Less Recycle More.”

Resource Recovery Facility Enhancement and Expansion grants are open to councils, industry and businesses who operate licensed waste management facilities in NSW to help increase the recycling of household and business waste. In this round, facilities that process Construction and Demolition waste (excluding asbestos and contaminated waste), shredder floc and other priority problem wastes are also eligible. Funding is available at between $100,000 and $1 million to cover up to 50 per cent of project capital costs.

Innovation in Priority Problem Waste Management grants are to fund innovative projects focusing on the recovery of plastic film and other plastics, treated timbers, tyres and rubber, nappies and incontinence pads, e-waste and shredder floc. They are available in two streams ranging from $20,000 to $1 million to cover up to 50 per cent of project capital costs.

Applications for both grant rounds close at 5pm on Monday 27 June 2016. Details of how to apply are on the EPA NSW website.

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