Green Industries Recycling Infrastructure Grants

Up to $500,000 is available from Recycling Infrastructure Grants to install infrastructure to increase the recovery of resources and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.


Recycling Infrastructure Grants

The Green Industries Recycling Infrastructure Grants Program assists companies, local authorities and organisations to install infrastructure and provide innovative approaches to increase the recovery of resources and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill each year. The program encourages applications for infrastructure projects that will contribute to achieving these aims and include economic, environmental and social benefits.

The funding is available to all South Australian recycling businesses and local governments that recover, handle and process these targeted material streams.



Green Industries SA helps develop the green economy in response to the demand for clean and green produce, and the reduction of emissions to air, water and soil from industry. Green Industries SA promotes the more efficient use of resources, and the conservation and recovery of scarce resources. Its role is to:

  • Keep South Australia at the forefront of green innovation in the waste, recycling and resource recovery sectors.
  • Deliver reduced waste to landfill and increasing the State’s capacity for recycling.
  • Build the State’s capability and resilience in the area of disaster waste management.

On 10 May 2018 the South Australian Government announced a $12.4 million support package for the South Australian recycling industry and Local Government to assist the sector to respond to the challenges presented by China’s National Sword Policy.

The State Government’s support package includes a range of measures to enable industry investment in remanufacturing and local re-use, as well as improved sorting and processing to enhance the quality of recovered materials. Measures include:

  • Infrastructure grants for local government and industry to maintain and build the capacity of South Australia’s recycling systems and reprocessing infrastructure specifically targeting infrastructure for post consumer paper, cardboard, glass and plastics ($5.8 million).
  • A loan scheme to support projects with large capital requirements, which can have an immediate effect to increase local remanufacturing/reprocessing of targeted waste streams and job creation opportunities through construction and ongoing operation ($5 million).

Medium and longer term responses will also assist the sector’s structural adjustment to a more sustainable circular economy business model.  Concurrently, Green Industries SA will advocate for a national and whole of government response in the areas of the circular economy and sustainable/green procurement.



The Recycling Infrastructure Grants Program supports the goals of South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2015-2020. See:

The Strategy has three objectives:

  • a resource efficient economy where the best or full value is secured from products and materials produced, consumed and recovered across the State
  • a stable and efficient market for investors through a clear policy framework providing a solid platform for investment decisions
  • a culture enabling the South Australian community, businesses and institutions to continue and strengthen their role in implementing zero waste strategies and programs locally, nationally and internationally.



Applications for Recycling Infrastructure Grants from $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 (excluding GST) per project are invited.

Up to $500,000 will be available for large scale projects involving significant capital expenditure. Priority will be given to applications which directly respond to the issues arising from the China National Sword Policy. Applications are also invited for projects which benefit the local economy and/or three or more council areas. Councils seeking more than $250,000 are to demonstrate a financial commitment by at least three councils as evidenced through a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The grants contribute a maximum of 50% of eligible project costs, up to the maximum listed above. Applicants should be able to demonstrate at a minimum matched funding from other sources (excluding the South Australian Government). Applicants should not include ‘in-kind’ (non-financial) payments as matching funds.



The overall aim of the Recycling Infrastructure Grants Program is to encourage innovation to increase the recovery of materials and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill in South Australia each year.

In 2018-19 the program prioritises projects by South Australian businesses and local governments that recover, handle and process recyclable materials with the opportunity to invest in equipment, technology and processes to respond to the prevailing market conditions. To be eligible the project must meet the following criteria:

  • Target fibre (paper, cardboard, newspaper etc), and/or plastics and/or glass recyclables from municipal (wheelie bin-based) kerbside or commercial and industrial sources.
  • Improve source separation and processing performance through investment and subsequent installation of equipment and technology measures that reduce contamination and improve the quality and volume of kerbside and/or commercial and industrial recyclable materials, particularly fibre, plastics and glass.
  • Can demonstrate through market analysis that the recycled material will enter a beneficial remanufacture, secondary processing, or recycling market for local use (preferred) or that can be exported at a higher value.
  • Have equipment commissioned within two years of the grant being offered. Projects which have a commissioning date of 30 June 2020 or before will be given priority.

Other projects which are eligible include:

  • Projects with the objective of Improving the recycling of materials banned from landfill under the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (see list of banned materials in appendix 1)
  • Target commercial and industrial or municipal solid waste streams.

All applicants must:

  • contribute at least 50% of funding (excluding in‑kind contributions) from sources other than Green Industries SA funds.
  • Have equipment commissioned within two years of the grant being offered. Projects which have a commissioning date of 30 June 2020 or before will be given priority.

Collaborative applications with project partners such as other industry organisations, associations and representatives from targeted market segments are welcomed.



Applications close 2 November 2018.


Media Release

More than $3.2 million in funding has been approved by the South Australian government for 17 recycling infrastructure projects.

It is part of the state government’s $12.4 million support package announced in May in response to China’s National Sword Policy.

The funding was delivered through Green Industries SA and covers a range of recycling, waste management and resource recovery projects.

More than $600,000 has been invested into infrastructure that deals directly with recovering and recycling plastic waste.

Around $424,000 has been invested into improving Material Recovery Facilities in Mt Gambier and $357,000 for end of life vehicle recycling.

Projects that improve the infrastructure to recycle post-consumer paper in the Australian market have also received $250,000.

SA Environment Minister David Speirs said China’s National Sword policy was a catalyst to increase the range of our recycled materials and develop local markets as a priority.

“This funding supports a range of projects in both the private sector and local government, across metropolitan and regional South Australia,” he said.

“This investment in the remanufacturing, re-use, and recovery sector helps maintain our world leading diversion results, where 83.4 per cent of all our waste is diverted from landfill.

“The State Government funding of more than $3.2 million has been matched by the applicants, unlocking more than $7.9 million of investment for 17 projects that support an estimated 36 full time jobs,” Mr Speirs said.

The next round of grant funding to support and develop recycling infrastructure is now available.


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