NSW EPA has officially opened Round 4 of the Weighbridge Fund, with up to $75,000 available per individual grant.
Re-launched on 11 October, the fund offers licensed waste operators across NSW an opportunity to share in $870,000 in grants and install a weighbridge to meet NSW EPA guidelines.
If a facility recovers, recycles, processes or stores waste and is liable for the waste levy in NSW, it is required to install a weighbridge and accurately record waste movements. Waste and recycling facilities in the waste levy areas and licensed landfills outside of the waste levy area are eligible for the grants.
Applicants can request funding to cover up to 50 per cent of the total capital cost of buying and installing weighbridge infrastructure. The grants are designed to support waste facilities as they work to adhere to NSW regulations that require all waste operators who pay the waste levy to install a weighbridge.
Steve Beaman, NSW EPA Executive Director Waste and Recovery, said the weighbridge grants were an important measure in ensuring that waste operators were supported under NSW regulatory systems.
“Installation of weighbridges to measure and track waste is central to operators as it enables them to keep track of how much waste they have received in each load and have stored on-site,” Mr Beaman said.
“Weighbridges provide operators with increased recording measures which help keep them accountable, assist in their record keeping, and improve the EPA’s capacity to monitor movements of waste in our state.”
More than 30 waste facilities have already been funded to install weighbridges with help from the NSW EPA grants. Payments made under Round Four will bring the total NSW Government funding in this program to almost $2.8 million.
Any waste facility that is in the waste-levy paying area and does not already have a weighbridge is eligible to apply for a grant in Round Four of the Weighbridge Fund program. Landfills that meet the eligibility criteria are also invited to apply for funding.
The deadline for the submission of applications for the fourth round grants is 5.00pm on 14 November.
More information – including guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form – are available on the NSW EPA Weighbridge Grant web page.