WLRM Product Improvement Program grants now open

By MRA Consulting Group

The NSW EPA has opened round 1 of its $4.5M Product Improvement Program grants under the $48M Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund of the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM).

EPA logo 2017The new grants provide funding to support the NSW resource recovery sector with responding to changes in recycling markets and mitigate the effects of China’s National Sword policy. The program supports investment in infrastructure projects that improve the quality of recycled materials, increase the amount of materials recycled in NSW or increase the use of recycled plastics, glass and paper/cardboard in the manufacture of products within NSW. The program targets paper/cardboard, plastics, glass, tyres, engineered and treated timber, e-waste and plasterboard however, preference will be given to projects that prioritise glass, paper/cardboard and plastics.

Table 1: WLRM Product Improvement Program Grant summary

Applicant type Project requirements Funding per applicant Closing date
MRFs (must be licensed or in the process of obtaining a license)

Facilities that reprocess recovered waste material (or plan to within 6 months)

Manufacturers that use post-consumer products



The private sector

Projects are to:

Increase the throughput of MRFs; and/or

Improve the quality of outputs/reduce contamination; and/or

Increase manufacturer capacity to use recycled materials in their products.

$50,000 to $1,000,000, up to 50% of eligible items for the private sector, up to 75% of capital eligible items for councils.

What will be funded?

  • Capital expenditure (shredding, flaking, washing, sorting, granulating, pelletising equipment), storage or permanent cover infrastructure

What will not be funded?

  • New MRFs or organics processing facilities
  • Projects where contracts or commitments to construct infrastructure/buy equipment have been entered into
  • Waste to energy projects
  • Ongoing costs
  • Land acquisition
August 23, 2018 at 5pm

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.