Grants available to rescue good quality food from landfill

Reducing the amount of food wasted and being sent to landfill is being helped along by grants of up to $100,000 to help food rescue organisations collect more donated food, with applications open from today the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced.

Reducing the amount of food wasted and being sent to landfill is being helped along by grants of up to $100,000 to help food rescue organisations collect more donated food, with applications open from today the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced.

DPIE Acting Director Waste and Resource Recovery Amanda Kane said the Food Donation Grants were open to not-for-profit organisations and local councils to provide food relief agencies with extra resources to sign up more donors, work collaboratively and collect more surplus food for redistribution.

“Donating food is a great way to avoid food waste. Every year in NSW, almost a million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill - 200,000 tonnes of this comes from businesses.

“Because of the way food waste breaks down in landfill, it can create methane. This is a greenhouse gas we can work to reduce by rescuing food waste.

“This funding will support projects that redirect surplus foods to places where it can be put to use, preventing it ever becoming waste at all.”

Grants of between $5,000 to $100,000 are available. The grants are funded through the NSW Government’s $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Waste Less, Recycle More aims to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.

These grants complement grant funding for infrastructure provided by the NSW Government to food relief agencies for equipment like fridges, freezers and refrigerated vans.

Two rounds of the Food Donation Grants have already been successfully completed, with $1.7 million directed to support 21 food rescue projects.

Applications close on 21 November 2019. A webinar detailing how to apply for funding will be held on 31 October 2019.

For more information on Food Donation Grants visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund/food-donation-education