Funding and grants

2020–2021 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program

Round 2 open

The 2020–21 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program (the program) provides $1 million to local governments in the levy zone to upgrade or close and transition small waste disposal sites to ensure compliance with the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act) by 30 June 2021. Eligible sites are:

  • sites authorised to dispose less than 2,000 tonnes of waste per year, and
  • subject to a temporary exemption from the requirement to measure and record waste under section 325 of the Act.

For further information regarding the program please refer to the Program Guidelines (PDF, 313KB) and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 171KB).

How to apply

The program is being administered by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (DLGRMA) on behalf of the Department of Environment and Science.

Applications for funding must be submitted to DLGRMA by 5:00PM6 November 2020, via email at

To download the program’s application form and supporting documentation please visit the DLGRMA website.

The Charitable Recyclers Reimbursement Program

Round 1 open

The Charitable Recyclers Reimbursement Program (the Program) provides funding to reimburse waste levy payments made by eligible charitable recycling entities who were unable to use their existing Certificate of Exempt Waste under section 28 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act).

The Program will be delivered in two rounds. Round 1 (now open) is for the reimbursement of eligible levy charges incurred from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2020.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a charitable recycling entity with an approved Certificate of Exempt Waste under section 28 of the Act. Applications must also be made by the legal entity that holds the Certificate of Exempt Waste.

More information about the Program, eligibility and application process is available in the Program guidelines (PDF, 749 KB) . Please read these guidelines before making your application.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the SmartyGrants portal by 4pm 30 November 2020.

Setting up a SmartyGrants account is free and previous SmartyGrants users can use the same account. Please ensure you are authorised to make an application on behalf of your charity.

If you experience technical difficulty creating a SmartyGrants account or completing an online form, please view the help guide or contact SmartyGrants on (03) 9320 6888.

Evidence and data sheet

Evidence of the disposed charitable waste which was subject to levy payments from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020 must be supplied with your application. This evidence must include:

  • invoices that demonstrate the tonnage or volume of charitable waste disposed, and
  • a completed data sheet (XLSX, 33 KB) to outline eligible levy liability.

More information

For further information, please contact the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs team via phone (07) 3330 5164 or email at:

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.