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Resource recovery

Resource recovery is a great opportunity for Queensland. It will:

  • reduce waste
  • cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • create better environmental outcomes
  • build a more sustainable economy to create jobs and economic benefits.

Queensland is moving toward a circular economy. Our Queensland Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon1.8 MB) sets out our framework to accelerate this transition and develop our state's resource recovery industries.

The roadmap sets out a path to:

  • increase resource recovery rates
  • improve adoption of modern technologies
  • divert landfill waste toward more valuable uses.

To support our state’s recycling, resource recovery, and biofutures industries, the roadmap includes a $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) (PDF icon 982 KB).  The program funds projects and initiatives that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs.

Read more about the opportunities available for financial support.

Frequently asked questions

  • The Queensland Government has developed a comprehensive new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.

    The waste strategy aims to promote more sustainable waste management practices that reduce the amount of waste produced by business, industry and households. As well as protecting the environment, the waste strategy aims to grow the economy and create new jobs by recovering more materials and gaining more value from those recovered materials.

    Supporting the waste strategy are a range of initiatives aimed at developing the sector, including the Queensland Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon1.8 MB), Resource Recovery Industry Development Program and the Energy from Waste (EfW) Policy.

    The waste strategy is underpinned by the waste levy, which commenced on 1 July 2019. By putting a price on waste, the waste levy will encourage waste avoidance and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill; provide certainty and security of feedstocks for advanced technology; and facilitate industry investment in resource recovery infrastructure. It will also provide a source of funding to enable better resource recovery practices.

  • Resource recovery aims to divert useful wastes and end-of-life materials away from landfill so they can be used to create valuable new products or outputs.

    The 'waste hierarchy' in the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, gives an order of preference for managing waste:

    • AVOID unnecessary resource consumption
    • REDUCE waste generation and disposal
    • RE-USE waste resources without further manufacturing
    • RECYCLE waste resources to make the same or different products
    • RECOVER waste resources, including the recovery of energy
    • TREAT waste before disposal, including reducing the hazardous nature of waste
    • DISPOSE of waste only if there is no viable alternative.
  • The resource recovery industry includes local governments and businesses involved in designing, collecting, transferring, sorting, converting, remanufacturing and producing valuable new products from waste.

    Examples in Queensland include composting facilities for organic waste, material recycling facilities for specific recyclables, and construction and demolition waste processors.

  • Resource recovery creates many long-term benefits for the economy and environment, including sustainable new resource recovery industries for Queensland, economic growth, new jobs and reduced need for new landfills.

  • The $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program, launched in September 2018, is a key action of the Queensland Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF icon1.8 MB).

    As well as applying for funding under the program, industry may be eligible for other Queensland Government funding and grants opportunities. These are listed in the Queensland Government Grants Finder.

    Industry can also work with our industry development and investment attraction teams to identify opportunities for growing their business in Queensland.

  • The Queensland Government's WASTE NOTes Bulletin provides updates on our state's resource recovery and waste industries.

  • A circular economy aims to ensure that products are designed to eliminate waste and pollution, and that products and materials keep circulating in the economy at their highest value for as long as possible. Value can be gained from material otherwise destined for landfill when there are increased options for reuse, recycling and recovery of resources.

  • A zero-waste society is one where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest extent possible before it is disposed of. Zero-waste means that the only waste that goes to landfill is waste for which there is no alternative environmentally, socially or economically viable solution.

Last updated: Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020