WLRM Weighbridge Grants now open

By MRA Consulting Group

The NSW EPA has opened the fifth round of its $500,000 Weighbridge Fund under NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM).

EPA logo 2017The new grants provide a one-off opportunity for eligible facilities to accelerate the installation of a weighbridge in compliance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 that requires any facility recovering, recycling, processing or storing waste and is liable for the waste levy in NSW 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. Further eligibility criteria and other grant funding details are summarised in the table below:

Applicant type Project requirements Funding per applicant Closing date
Landfill The landfill must:

  • Hold an EPL for waste disposal;
  • Have received less than 5,000t of waste last year; and
  • Not have a weighbridge.
Up to $75,000, 50% of capital costs

What will be funded?
Weighbridge platform, pit, approach ramps, cabling, data readout, traffic management, planning, approvals.

What will not be funded?
Completed works, project management, operational costs, IT systems, CCTV, second-hand weighbridges, weighbridge upgrades.

N/A, Applications are ongoing until the funds are exhausted.

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Waste transfer, processing or storage facility The facility must:

  • Hold or have applied for an EPL for resource recovery, waste processing (non-thermal) and/or waste storage;
  • Be located in the levy paying region; and
  • Not have a weighbridge.

Please note: the following facilities are not eligible for weighbridge funding:

  • Facilities only required to be licensed for clinical and related waste, liquid waste, hazardous or restricted solid waste.
  • Facilities only required to be licenced for slags or virgin excavated natural material.
  • Facilities operating solely as ceramic works, composting, container reconditioning, contaminated soil treatment, or paper or pulp production facilities.
  • Facilities licensed only for metallurgical activities.

MRA has submitted more than 140 WLRM grant applications to date, winning more than $40m in funding for our clients.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact us at info@mraconsulting.com.au or on (02) 8541 6169. MRA can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success.

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