WLRM Circulate Industrial Ecology Grants now open

By Adi Prasad, MRA Consulting Group

The NSW EPA has opened round 3 of its $2.5M Circulate Industrial Ecology (CIE) under the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM).

EPA logo 2017The new grants provide an opportunity for the establishment of viable industrial ecology relationships to divert valuable resources from landfill. The program supports projects that will recover materials (otherwise sent to landfill) to be used as feedstock for other commercial, industrial or construction processes.

Table 1 – WLRM Industrial Ecology Grant summary

Applicant type Project requirements Funding per applicant Closing date
Private corporations, NFPs, Industry associations, NGOs, Government agencies Projects must:

  • Involve the business-to-business transfer of materials previously sent to landfill
  • Result in diversion of materials from landfill that would not have occurred without Circulate funding
  • Relate to material from the C&I or C&D sector
  • Divert a minimum number of tonnes (see Table 2 below)
  • Be completed by March 2021
Between $20,000 and $150,000, depending on scale, duration and likely impact.

What will be funded?

Staff time, consultant time, Sampling, testing and monitoring, transportation (first 20% of tonnes), equipment hire (short-term), and equipment purchase (50% co-contribution required).

What will not be funded?
Ongoing operational costs, land acquisition, completed/commenced works, admin costs associated with licensing/ DAs.

N/A, Applications are ongoing until the funds are exhausted or 30 October 2019.

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

The following projects are not eligible for funding:

  • The diversion of asbestos or asbestos-containing products
  • The diversion of inert material (including VENM and ENM)
  • The diversion of municipal waste
  • The diversion of liquid or gaseous wastes
  • Interstate transport of waste
  • Waste to energy projects

Table 2 – Minimum tonnes diverted and maximum funding per tonne

Material type Minimum project tonnes diverted Maximum $/tonne of funding
Glass 100 $200
Gyprock 400 $50
Metals 400 $50
Masonry 400 $50
Organics 80 $250
Plastics, hard/rigid 80 $250
Plastics, soft/flexible/polystyrene 20 $1,000
Textiles 20 $1,000
Timber/wood 400 $50

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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