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Regional and Remote Recycling Modernisation Fund

There are unique challenges for resource recovery in Queensland’s regional and remote communities. This includes things like high transportation costs, access to recycling and remanufacturing centres and limited kerbside waste collection services.

The Regional and Remote Recycling Modernisation Fund (RRRMF) provides grants of up to $500,000 for local governments, and their industry partners, to improve the viability of sorting, processing, recycling or remanufacturing of waste in regional and remote Queensland.

Funding is available for infrastructure projects that divert waste plastics, mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard, unprocessed glass or whole used tyres from landfill in regional and remote areas of Queensland.

This program is now closed to new applications.

Frequently asked questions

  • The RRRMF aims to:

    • improve the viability of sorting, processing, recycling or remanufacturing of waste in regional areas
    • connect organisations in remote and regional areas to resource recovery supply chains
    • facilitate waste avoidance, landfill diversion (including stockpile diversion/reduction) and recycling activities
    • create economic development and job development opportunities in regional areas
    • contribute towards a circular economy by adding value to waste resources and retaining them where possible within local economies.
  • The RRRMF in Queensland is managed in partnership between the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (the program owner) and the Department of Environment and Science.

  • In late 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed that Australia should ban the export of unprocessed waste plastic, paper and cardboard, glass and tyres while building Australia's capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

    Following this decision, in early 2020 after a period of industry consultation and market analysis, COAG agreed to the following implementation timetable for the phased withdrawal of exported recyclables:

    • unprocessed glass - from 1 January 2021
    • mixed Plastics - 1 July 2021
    • whole used tyres - 1 December 2021
    • single resin/polymer plastics - 1 July 2022
    • mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard - 1 July 2024.

    Both the Queensland Recycling Modernisation Fund and the RRRMF provide funding support for these target waste streams.

  • Yes, if they meet the project eligibility criteria.

  • Yes, mixed waste stream projects are eligible however the primary waste stream must be waste plastic, paper and cardboard, tyres or glass.

  • Yes, regional groups of councils and partnerships between industry and local government are encouraged to apply if they meet the project eligibility criteria.

    However, where a joint application is submitted by a consortium, a lead organisation must be nominated for the application. The lead organisation for the project will, if the application is successful, sign the funding agreement, receive the funding and assume legal responsibility for performing the activities and meeting the outcomes under the grant agreement.

  • No. The RRRMF will only accept one application per applicant. Proponents with more than one project should choose their most meritorious project as applications are expected to be highly competitive. If a joint application is made by a consortium, a lead organisation must be nominated for the application.

  • Please read the RRRMF Program Guidelines for the full list of eligibility requirements.

  • No. Projects that have already commenced or are planned to commence, regardless of whether or not they have secured government or non-government financial support, are not eligible for RRRMF funding. If you are seeking funding to support a discrete component or phase of a larger project, that component or phase must not have commenced.

  • Funding will be offered to the most meritorious applications. There is no guarantee of approval at any stage in the process and applicants will be notified of the outcome in writing. Funding may be awarded for a different amount or with alternative conditions to that requested.

  • Announcements regarding successful applications is expected by April 2022.

  • Your project can not commence a project until a funding agreement has been signed and executed.

  • The minimum funding request is $10,000 (excluding GST) and the maximum funding request is $500,000 (excluding GST).

    The amount of funding allocated to successful projects will be at the discretion of the government, with applications considered on merit.

  • There is no mandatory co-contribution required by applicants, however, for the competitive component co-contributions from applicants are encouraged to demonstrate commitment to the project and will be considered against ‘value for money’ under assessment.

    Applicants must be able to provide the balance of eligible project costs not funded by the RRRMF and all ineligible project costs required to complete the project in its entirety.

    Any applicant co-contribution may be obtained from internal funds as well as any funding sources including other participants in the project, other Queensland Government agencies and/or local government.

    Refer to the RRRMF Program Guidelines for further information.

Contact us

For enquiries about these guidelines or application process please contact the Department of Environment and Science (DES):

Office of Resource Recovery
Phone: (07) 3330 5164

DES is not able to directly assist in the preparation of applications.

Last updated: 14 Feb 2022