More than $11 million to stop food and garden waste going to landfill

The NSW Government is awarding approximately $11 million in grants to boost food and garden organics recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“Every year in NSW, more than a million tonnes of food and garden waste ends up in landfill,” said NSW Environment Protection Authority Head of Organics Amanda Kane.

“This funding is part of $105.5 million dedicated to diverting organics waste from landfill, through the

Waste Less, Recycle More initiative,” Ms Kane said.

“Through the initiative we are able to provide support to councils, the waste industry, not-for-profit organisations and businesses to keep food and garden waste out of landfill.

“This includes supporting projects that increase food donation to people in need, boost new kerbside collection services, provide education on food waste, develop new markets and invest in new organics processing infrastructure.

“Already through the initiative $44.3 million has been awarded to 90 projects to increase processing capacity for food and garden waste in NSW by 430,000 tonnes a year.”

The grants are being awarded through three programs;

  • $9,766,235 is being awarded to 16 projects through the Organics Infrastructure Large and Small grant program for new infrastructure to build or expand organics waste facilities, increase processing capacity and fund new equipment, like refrigerated vans and freezers, to enable food relief agencies to collect more donated food. For details on recipients see here.

  • $765,076 will be shared between 10 not-for-profit organisations and local councils through the Food Donation Education grant program to collect and redistribute good quality surplus food to people in need, helping divert some of the 200,000 tonnes of food waste from business, that ends up in landfill in NSW each year. For details on recipient see here.

  • $633,445 is being awarded to six projects through the Organics Market Development grant program to increase the markets for compost in NSW. For details on recipient see here.

“Waste Less Recycle More is the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia with a total of $802 million in funding, managed by the NSW EPA, in partnership with the Environment Trust.

For more information on organics grants visit: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund