New intakes for the NSW EPA’s Circulate and Civil Construction Market Programs are now open for projects seeking to divert valuable materials from landfill for re-use, recycling and industrial ecology projects.
According to EPA Circular Economy Programs Director Kathy Giunta, these programs will support industry as it responds to COAG’s forthcoming export ban.
“One of the ways to mitigate the effects of China’s National Sword policy and to prepare NSW for the waste export ban is to invest in projects that demonstrate innovative uses of recyclables,” she said.
The Civil Construction Market Program provides grants of up to $250,000 for civil construction projects that re-use construction and demolition waste or recyclables from households and businesses such as glass, plastic and paper.
Previous projects include supporting Lendlease’s use of recycled glass from Lismore Council in pavement concrete on three trial sites as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade.
The Circulate Program provides grants of up to $150,000 for innovative, commercially-oriented industrial ecology projects that will recover materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill, using them as feedstock for other commercial, industrial or construction processes.
Previous projects in the Circulate Program include Cross Connections’ Plastic Police, which supplied soft plastics to the Downer Group’s Reconophalt project – the first road surfacing material in Australia to contain high recycled content from waste streams.
Applications close 12 February 2021.