Investment in the Resource Recovery Sector

​​​​Building the capacity of Tasmania's resource recovery sector to process or use waste materials is central to responding to the COAG export bans on certain types of unprocessed waste, and for addressing ​key challenges in the Tasmanian and broader Australian waste and resource recovery space.

Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants Program 

CLOSED 12 February 2021

There has never been a more opportune and yet more challenging time to tackle Tasmania’s waste and resource recovery challenges. In recent years,​ China and other countries have changed their import regimes for recyclables – reducing the allowable limits of contamination in recyclables they import. Along with a strong interest in recycling from the community and private sector, this creates an excellent opportunity to look for more valuable ways to reuse or recycle our waste.

In March 2020 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a ban on the export of unprocessed waste glass, plastic, tyres and paper/cardboard. To help build new and expanded markets for the materials subject to the export ban, the Australian Government established the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF). The RMF will support investment in new infrastructure to sort, process and remanufacture these materials. 

The Australian Government allocated $5.5 million of the RMF for Tasmanian projects and in its 2020-21 Budget the Tasmanian Government provided $5.5 million over four years to match this funding.  With matching funding from project proponents, it is expected that over $16 million will be invested in the waste and resource recovery sector through the Tasmanian RMF (Plastics) Grants Program. 

The Tasmanian Government sought applications from proponents wishing to undertake capital investment within Tasmania to develop plastic reprocessing (recycling) capacity. The funding was available for recycling projects located in Tasmania only. The application process consisted of a single round of project applications that met all eligibility criteria. 

Eligible proposals will be assessed against a series of merit criteria. The Tasmanian State Government reserves the right to make decisions on which projects are successful based on the merit criteria and the funding requirements of the project as part of a competitive process.

The following funding guidelines were issued for this program.​

  Guidelines - Tasmanian RMF Plastics Grants Program   (279Kb)

Successful proposals will be announced as soon as possible.


Applications were made through the SmartyGrant portal:  ​Recycling Modernisation Fund Grants Program

Applications closed on 12​ February 2021.

The Tasmanian Government appointed Harvey Gibson (Email:​) as an independent Probity Advisor for the Grant assessment process.

All enquiries about the funding program, the grant guidelines, and requests for clarification or additional information, must be directed to the contact officer in the first instance (Alasdair 


Waste Initiatives Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599

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