Mixed paper and cardboard processing fund

The Government of Western Australia is calling for expressions of interest to participate in a controlled grant funding process to support the development of new paper and cardboard processing infrastructure to manage Western Australia’s estimated 80,000 tonnes of mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard.

Funding may be made available from the Government of Western Australia and matched by the Australian Government for one or more selected projects. 


In March 2020, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to phase out exports of certain waste materials.

The COAG decision followed increasing community concern about the impact of exported Australian waste on developing countries and a series of changes to the local recycling industry resulting from various counties’ restrictions on imported waste.

Mixed paper and cardboard will be subject to a national export ban commencing 1 July 2024, with exemptions for paper and cardboard that is either:

  • sorted to a single type, with low contamination levels
  • processed into pulp
  • processed with other materials into a product ready for final consumption
    (e.g. manufactured to a specific size and specification and in a form ready for direct use as a fuel in a cement kiln).

The Australian Government has invited state and territory governments to submit funding proposals for new paper and cardboard processing. These proposals need to be for economically viable projects that utilise best-practice methodology, know-how and technology, achieve value for money and maximise industry financial contributions.

How to apply

Potential applicants should submit a completed expression of interest to wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au. Please direct any questions to wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au.

Relevant questions, along with answers, will be listed in the questions and answers section for all potential applicants to see. Please subscribe below to be notified when new answers are posted.

Please allow enough time to submit your application as large attachments may take longer to be received via email. Submissions are deemed to be received at the time they are received by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Applications close at 9am AWST on Monday 27 July 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

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