Applications for the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) Plastics Technology stream are closed. Its purpose is to deliver national solutions for hard-to-recycle plastics.
We aim to:
- support a safe circular economy for plastics in Australia
- promote collaboration across supply chains
- significantly increase recycling and recovery rates of hard-to-recycle plastics
- build confidence to invest in recycling infrastructure in Australia
- ensure more waste plastic is remade into valuable new products
- support long-term jobs and a more highly skilled workforce in our recycling industry
- protect our environment through reduced plastic pollution.
State and territory governments will work with project members to develop applications.
Eligible activities include:
- advanced recycling projects targeting hard-to-recycle plastics
- commercialisation or scaling-up of emerging and trial technology
- technology to extract plastics from products (such as e-waste) to make high value products
- equipment for existing or new material or plastic recovery facilities
- end-to-end solutions for our plastics supply chain.
Applications must be for:
- new infrastructure, technology, processes, machinery or equipment
- an improvement or expansion of existing infrastructure, technology, processes, machinery and/or equipment
- commercialisation or scaling up to build or increase existing capacity.
Up to $60 million is available under the Plastic Technology stream. Some state or territory governments will also contribute funding.
Grants are between $1 million and $20 million.
You must contribute at least 50% of the eligible project financial costs.
Find out more about eligibility requirements in section 3.1 of the guidelines.
State and territory government websites and contacts
Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 (Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
NSW Environment Protection Authority
Green Industries South Australia (GISA)
Waste Policy Section, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate
Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Division, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Phone: (08) 6364 7162
Waste Initiatives Section,
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Definition of hard-to-recycle plastics
The RMF Plastics Technology stream guidelines define ‘hard-to-recycle plastics’.
Hard-to-recycle plastics are plastics in waste streams where there are:
- low recovery and recycling rates due to difficulties in recycling
- currently limited infrastructure and technology solutions to support circularity in the supply chain.
The definition of hard-to-recycle does not refer to any specific polymer or waste stream. This is because several factors influence whether a plastic meets the definition including:
- challenges with collection
- processing technology
- end markets
In your application, you must describe the project’s target material and why it is hard-to-recycle.
You must also explain:
- how much the project will increase recycling and recovery rates of hard-to-recycle plastics in Australia
- the strategic benefit of the project for Australia, and the state or territory.
Funding for administrative costs
Funding can only support activities that directly contribute to achieving the project’s outcomes. Administrative costs must meet this high threshold to be eligible for funding.
Items that are not eligible for funding include:
- the purchase of certain IT equipment
- business-as-usual expenses
- business case development or feasibility studies
- routine operational expenses.
Other costs may also be ineligible if they arise from activities that:
- do not directly support the achievement of the planned outcomes for the project
- are contrary to the objective of the program.
Find out more about eligible costs in section 4.3 of the Guidelines.
If there is uncertainty about whether an activity is eligible
If it is uncertain an activity is eligible for funding, the state or territory can include it in the application.
A panel will assess if activities are eligible as part of the Australian Government’s assessment process. The panel will assess activities against the relevant criteria and program objectives.
This approach will help ensure fair and consistent assessment of funding applications.
Projects with activities in more than one state or territory
You can authorise agencies to share information with other jurisdictions if you want to undertake eligible funded activities across multiple jurisdictions. Together they can discuss the project and cross-border implications.
You should expect to develop applications with each of the jurisdictions where the funded activity is to occur unless advised otherwise by the agencies.
Contact the state or territory government agencies where your project will be based to discuss.
Project commencement date
You can start your project when you have a signed funding agreement in place with the government of the state or territory where you will deliver the project.
You might be able to start your project before you have a signed funding agreement in place with the state or territory. However, this is subject to negotiation and written agreement from the state or territory government.
In this situation you will bear the risk and costs associated with any activities you undertake before the agreement is signed (for example, if the terms and conditions of the funding agreement are not agreed).