Plastic bottles being collected

Recycling initiatives in the industrial sector in Australia

There are many state governments that have added and refreshed their industrial waste programs. This is due to the Chinese Government’s National sword waste restrictions that are threatening the significant impacts of the local industrial companies and local recycling industries or depots that generate their waste to landfill.


The product improvement program offers support to the NSW recovery sector that will respond to the different changes in the recycling markets that meet the NSW resource and waste recovery targets. The program aims at targeting the waste that is generated by commercial. Industrial and household premises. Such items as cardboard, mixed paper, glass, tyres, plastics, treated timbers, plasterboard, e-waste and engineered timbers.

The program aims at supporting the co-investment within the infrastructure projects that mostly aim to do such things like these:

  • Improving the quality of recycled materials that are produced by the materials recycling facilities that are to better supply both the local and international markets and reduce the number of unrecyclable materials that are left remaining at the end of the recycling process.
  • Increasing the amounts of waste materials that are being recycled within NSW and try to divert the additional waste from landfill
  • Increasing the capacity and capability in order to recover and reprocess the waste materials with of course priority being given to cardboard, glass, plastics and mixed paper.
  • Increase the use of recovered and recycled bottles, glass, mixed paper, cardboard and plastics in the manufacture of the products that are within NSW.

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Individual grants ranging from $50,000 up to $1 million are available to get. The grant will support up to 50% of the costs for infrastructure and capital costs.

Circulate is within a six-year period which is at a cost of $5.46 million which is a program that is designed to support the recovery of the commercial and industrial plus the construction and demolition and waste from organizations all across the NSW. The recipients have developed synergies with different industries in order to identify the industrial ecology opportunities to increase the efficiency and then the money is saved by reducing the waste that is sent to landfill.

The construction market program will provide you with grants to the consultants, local governments, waste service providers and the contractors who can lawfully divert demolition and construction waste from the landfills through to recycle and reuse industrial ecology projects within the NSW construction sector. $2.5 million is available for the projects until the money is exhausted or until June 2020. There are also individual grants available up to $150,000.


The state has introduced a waste levy and it is being encouraged to rethink the waste that is going into landfill and to try and explore other opportunities to redirect certain materials for re-manufacturing. The Queensland government has announced it will give $100 million that was raised from the waste levy to fund a package of support for the circular economy initiatives under its waste and resource recovery which includes:

  • Incentives for the development of the new large-scale facilities
  • Machinery or infrastructure up to the amount of $5million on a dollar for dollar part
  • Support for the advanced feasibility studies for recycling and waste management projects and innovative resource recovery studies


Sustainability Victoria is giving funding to the manufacturers via the Materials Efficiency Grants Program. The program is open to all the Victorian manufacturing businesses that can significantly improve the productivity of the material. There are grants being offered from the sustainability of up to $13,000 for businesses in order to help them improve the way that you use raw materials and resources while improving the productivity in order to reduce the input and waste management costs.

South Australia

South Australia has a range of funding programs for the circular economy initiatives for the waste processors, councils and recyclers among the general industry working under the Green Industries SA label.