Grants of up to $300,000 available for innovative solutions for organic waste

Applications for the second round of grants of up to $300,000 are now open to business, councils, agricultural associations and communicators for projects that can promote the benefits of compost into new markets.

These grants provide funding for projects that will build markets for compost made from household food and garden waste, including material collected from kerbside green lid bins. That may include projects that showcase compost benefits to farmers, demonstrate benefits to soil health or improve market confidence by promoting the high standard of modern compost quality.

Previous rounds of these grants have already funded projects that have made a positive impact on local communities. They include initiatives that demonstrated how compost builds resilient turf on sporting fields, improves plant growth on roadside verges and improves soil health on farms in Sydney and the Riverina.

EPA Unit Head Organics Amanda Kane said the grants gave business, councils and agricultural associations the chance to deliver projects that could make a real difference when it came to organic waste.

“From saving good food from being wasted and addressing food insecurity in our state, to increasing NSW capacity to process more collected green waste, we’re tackling organics waste from every angle, Ms Kane said.

‘This funding is helping to build strong, viable markets for a quality recycled product and supports other programs to increase supply through more collections and infrastructure to build the capacity of the industry in NSW to process more.”

The grants are being delivered through the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

Applications close 28 March 2018.

The EPA is hosting information sessions around NSW in February to assist potential applications find out more about grant programs. For more information and to register to attend, visit: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/organics