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Funding and grants

Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package

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

Regional Queensland faces unique challenges in resource recovery and recycling, such as lower population densities, widely dispersed regional centres, limited access to recycling infrastructure and high transportation costs.

Grants of up to $250,000 are helping fund the costs of transporting recyclable material from regional Queensland to facilities where it can be recovered or processed and turned into new products.

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.

Applications for this grant have now closed. Applicants will be notified once the assessment process is completed.

For further information, please contact DES Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs on (07) 3330 5164, or by email at wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au

Container Refund Scheme Small Scale Infrastructure Grants Program

This Container Refund Scheme Small Scale Infrastructure Grants Program is providing $1 million for projects that improve access to container refund and donation points across Queensland.

The grant is providing funding in two categories:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils
    Up to $50,000 to establish container refund points and associated container collection and storage infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Community groups and not-for-profit organisations
    Up to $10,000 to provide infrastructure and equipment for the collection and security of containers at donation points across Queensland.

Eligible projects

Funding will be used for infrastructure and materials directly required for the initial establishment of a container refund or donation point, for example:

  • fencing, signage, CCTV
  • infrastructure for the collection, counting, sorting or storage of returned containers
  • equipment required to commence operation of a refund point (PPE, balers etc.)
  • equipment required to transport collected containers from container refund points to a processor.

Key dates

Applications for this grant have now closed and are currently being assessed under the eligibility criteria to determine the successful applicants. Successful applicants will be notified once the assessment process is completed.

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.

Key dates

  • Stream One Expression of Interest closed on Friday 5 October 2018.

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 proposed introduction of the waste disposal levy on 1 July 2019.

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