$6 million in recycling equipment rebates open to NSW workplaces

By Rachael Ridley  November 29th, 2023

A renewed initiative from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will help businesses, organisations, schools and councils in NSW reduce waste and boost recycling.

The updated Bin Trim Equipment Rebates Program is offering $6 million in rebates to encourage uptake of recycling equipment and technology in NSW. Rebates of up to $50,000 are available, covering up to 50 per cent of the capital cost of small-scale, on-site equipment and technology.

The rebates cover a variety of products that are designed to increase efficiency of material use and/or reduce waste including smart scales, source separation bins, shredders, commercial worm farms, glass crushers, and trolleys to transport waste.

NSW EPA Executive Director of Programs and Innovation, Kathy Giunta, said the initiative is transforming waste management practices across NSW, providing an excellent opportunity to empower workplaces to enhance their recycling efforts.

“Small to medium sized businesses play a vital role in driving our circular economy and can help create a more sustainable future for our community,” said Ms Giunta.

“I encourage anyone who wants to ramp up their on-site recycling practices to make the most of this incentive and apply for a rebate.”

What do the rebates cover?

The rebates cover a variety of equipment, technology, and source separation bins including:

  • balers

  • briquette presses

  • bulk bag stands and bulk bags

  • cardboard perforator

  • commercial worm farms

  • compactors

  • food waste monitoring equipment e.g., smart scale

  • glass crushers

  • granulators

  • organics rapid decomposition units (where output is sent to a licenced composting facility)

  • plastic injection moulders

  • shredders

  • smart scales and other food waste monitoring equipment

  • source separation bins, wheelie bins, skip bins and other bin equipment – with bin signs and stickers

  • trolleys to transport waste and maximise waste separation and diversion

Who can apply for the rebate?

The funding is open to all NSW businesses, councils, and organisations (including schools, charities, not-for-profits, and hospitals) that meet the following criteria:

  • Use a commercial and industrial waste service at a site in NSW;

  • Have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN);

  • Employ one or more full-time employees; and

  • Send commercial and industrial waste to landfill.

Applications are open until 2027 or until funding is exhausted. For more information about the Bin Trim Equipment Rebates Program including guidelines for applicants, visit the NSW EPA website.

How can I find recycling equipment?

Planet Ark’s Recycling Equipment Catalogue is a free directory that businesses and organisations can use to find a variety of waste management products such as small-scale recycling equipment, bins, worm farms, digestors, balers, and more.

To use the catalogue, businesses can search by product category (e.g., shredders, glass crushers), or they can search by material type (e.g., paper, plastic) to find equipment that will help them manage waste streams relevant to their business.

Contact the NSW EPA to find out whether the rebates program covers specific types of equipment and technology: 131 555 or Bintrim.rebates@epa.nsw.gov.au

The NSW EPA is the proud Foundation Partner of Planet Ark’s Business Recycling.

Rachael Ridley

Rachael manages the Business Recycling and Recycling Near You websites. Rachael joined Planet Ark in early 2019 after eight years working in media and publishing as a producer, editor and writer. Rachael loves using her skills in content creation and communication to instigate positive environmental behaviour change. Outside of work, Rachael enjoys spending time in nature, listening to music and patting dogs.

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