Funding and grants

Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package

The Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) (PDF, 884 KB ) is a $6 million fund to support resource recovery and recycling in regional Queensland.

The program seeks to:

  • provide interim support for regional Queensland to divert more resources from landfill and recycle additional material
  • facilitate recycling which is currently unviable due to transport costs
  • reduce the environmental and social impacts of waste on regional communities.

Grants of up to $250,000 have been allocated to regional businesses, councils and charities. These grants will help fund the cost of transporting recyclable material from regional Queensland to facilities where it can be recovered or processed and turned into new products.

Successful grant recipients

Successful applicants under the RRTAP have now been announced and include 33 projects, with a combined total value of $27.78 million project costs, spanning all areas of the State.

The following organisations were successful (including funding received):

Organisation Funding received
Amdett Services & Plastic Recycling $190,395
Anuha – Peace Lutheran Church $85,860
Banana Shire Council $144,320
Biloela Recycling $24,000
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council $187,500
Burdekin Shire Council $250,000
Burke Shire Council $130,000
Cairns Regional Council $250,000
Carpentaria Shire Council $200,000
Central Highlands Regional Council $173,644
Cook Shire Council $105,677
Douglas Shire Council $187,500
Endeavour Foundation $178,523
Gladstone Regional Council $131,375
Goondiwindi Regional Council $37,252
Gough Plastics $20,000
Isaac Regional Council $250,000
JMJ Tyre Recycling $187,500
Livingstone Shire Council $73,957
Mackay Re.Group $187,500
MAMS Group $185,421
Maranoa Regional Council $228,000
Mareeba Shire Council $51,548
Murweh Shire Council $250,000
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council $221,000
Paroo Shire Council $250,000
Rockhampton Regional Council $176,760
Shark Recyclers $250,000
Southern Downs Regional Council $250,000
Tablelands Regional Council $46,000
Townsville City Council $71,933
Townsville Re.Group $187,500
Whitsunday Regional Council $224,323

This funding will facilitate the transport of an estimated 113 000 tonnes of recyclable material for recycling. Projects funded will deliver significant waste and environmental outcomes in regional Queensland, as well as supporting and growing regional job opportunities.

RRTAP recipients are required to prepare quarterly and final project reports. Costings spreadsheets (XLSX, 58 KB ) are also required when submitting these reports, to outline eligible project expenditure for the quarter.

For further information, please contact the department's Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs area via phone (07) 3330 5164, or email

Resource Recovery Industry Development Program

The Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) provides $100 million in funding and other support over three years to develop a high-value resource recovery industry in Queensland.

The RRIDP offers three streams tailored to attract a range of projects requiring different levels and types of assistance.

Stream 1: Dollar-for-dollar capital grants of between $50,000 and $5 million to provide funding for infrastructure projects which will enhance or build new facilities or for capital investments in new processing and technological capabilities.

Stream 2: Broad incentives to attract or expand major resource recovery operations that will divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, reduce or prevent stockpiling and recover substantial resources.

Stream 3: Support toward capital intensive, long lifecycle projects that require a contribution towards investigations to assist with investment decisions for Queensland.

For more information and how to apply, visit the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.

Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program

The 2018–19 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program provided $5 million in funding to assist local councils with waste disposal facility infrastructure upgrades prior to the introduction of the waste disposal levy on 1 July 2019.

On 14 December 2018, approved projects under the 2018–19 LGLRGP were announced.