The Roads to Reuse program encourages the use of recycled construction and demolition (C&D) products in civil applications such as road construction. It does this by supporting the supply of recycled C&D products to market that meet a product specification, to protect human health and the environment.
The Waste Authority’s C&D Rollout Plan identifies actions to increase the use of Roads to Reuse (RtR) material in State Government projects and support the use of RtR material in local government applications. Actions to support local government use include:
- design and construction guidance for local government roads
- establishing a funding program to incentivise the use of recycled RtR materials in local government roads.
The $350,000 Roads to Reuse: Local Government Incentives Program encourages the use of recycled C&D products by providing an incentive payment to local governments that use RtR products.
Main Roads WA has demonstrated the benefits of using recycled Roads to Reuse (RtR) materials in its road construction projects. The aim of this program is to encourage the use of recycled RtR products in local government projects to:
- support sustainable markets for recycled C&D products
- provide an opportunity for local governments to benefit from using recycled C&D products
- help ‘normalise’ the use of recycled products in civil construction projects
- help to close the recycling loop, support local recycling jobs and investment, and support Western Australia’s move towards a more circular economy.
How the program works
The Roads to Reuse: Local Government Incentives Program provides a payment of $5 for each tonne of RtR product used by a local government which is sourced from an accredited RtR supplier. A local government must provide evidence of RtR material being purchased from an accredited supplier and used in a local government project.
Payments will be capped at $35,000 per local government (equating to 7,000 tonnes of product). This is to provide an opportunity for multiple local governments to access funding. There is also a minimum claim threshold of $1,000 (equating to 200 tonnes of product). Local governments can claim payments relating to each tonne of product used over a single project or multiple projects.
The program budget for 2022–23 is $350,000. Payments will be made to local governments on a ‘first come, first served’ basis until the budget is exhausted.
Applications and claims
Claims and payments will be made based on the number of tonnes of RtR product purchased in the funding period and used in local government projects (a single project or multiple projects).
To make a claim for funding, a local government must:
- purchase RtR products from an accredited supplier
- show evidence of purchase
- show evidence of use
Any excess material purchased but not used for the original purpose is still eligible for funding if it used within two years from the date of purchase.
Local government projects include projects delivered by a local government itself and those delivered on its behalf under contract. Contractors are not able to claim payments under the program.
How to apply
Apply for Roads to Reuse: Local Government Incentives here.
Before making a claim applicants should read the Roads to Reuse: Local Government Incentives Program guidelines.
Claims must be completed and submitted through the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation grants portal (SmartyGrants) which provides an easy-to-use online application form. Please read the SmartyGrants help guide for applicants and frequently asked questions (FAQs) before starting your application. You must register (or login if you have registered for SmartyGrants previously) before you can make an online claim. We recommend previewing online or downloading the application form to review the information required before starting your application/claim.
Applicants can contact the program coordinator before making a claim to confirm details such as:
- the application process
- the list of RtR suppliers and their RtR accreditation status
- funding availability (noting that the program budget is capped at $350,000 in 2022–23).
The RtR program coordinator can be contacted on 08 6364 6945 or by email to email@example.com
To receive a payment, local governments must provide evidence to the satisfaction of the Waste Authority that RtR product has been purchased and used (or is intended for use).
The Roads to Reuse Local Government Incentives Program is available to all Western Australian local governments and regional councils. However, material must be sourced from an accredited RtR supplier. To be eligible for funding, a local government must have no outstanding levy payments as required under the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Regulations 2008.
For further information about Roads to Reuse: Local Government Incentives Program, please contact the program coordinator on 08 6364 6945 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org