Applications are open for Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants worth $22.3 million for private, not for profit and council organisations wanting to make capital investments in waste and recycling infrastructure.
The $63 million MRRI program is part of a NSW government goal to divert up to 75 per cent of waste from landfill by 2021. The program covers up to 50 per cent of capital costs for new major recycling and waste processing facilities.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Acting Director of Resource Recovery Amanda Kane said previous recipients include, “Boral Cement, which, “successfully secured a $4 million grant from the EPA to upgrade its plant at Berrima to replace up to 20% of the coal it uses to generate energy with refuse-derived fuel.”
Grants are from $1 million to $5 million for private or not for profit businesses. Applications are open until August 27.
“The capital costs of major infrastructure can be a significant barrier to the construction of new recycling facilities,” said Kane.
“This grant seeks to attract investment in major resource recovery infrastructure in NSW by reducing the pay-back period on new facilities.”
The initiative’s website says the program supports:
- recovery of recyclables from sorted and unsorted waste from business and households
- reuse, recycling and reprocessing of recyclable materials including:
- paper and cardboard
- construction and demolition waste.
- processing, stabilisation and energy recovery from residual business and household waste.
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