$6 million to help businesses reduce waste and cut emissions

Pre-schools and food courts will be among the 4,000 small to medium NSW businesses helping to divert approximately 35,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year thanks to $6 million in Bin Trim Networks grants awarded by the NSW Government.

Bin Trim is Australia’s largest business waste program aimed at avoiding, reusing and reducing waste, as well as saving money and cutting carbon emissions. It encourages innovation and collaboration across industry sectors, supply chains and precincts to address problem waste materials.

The 14 successful projects in this grant round will help around 4,000 businesses across NSW. The recipients include:

  • MRA Consulting Group has been awarded $498,299 to establish circular food court networks and target key waste streams in shopping centres across Sydney, including single-use food containers.
  • Revolve Recycling has been awarded $500,000 to develop a 'Green Wheels' accreditation scheme for Personal Transport Vehicle businesses and minimise waste linked to bikes, e-bikes and scooters.
  • Cool Planet has been awarded $496,950 to educate more than 15,000 pre-school children on topics including how recycling works and stage engagement activities for staff and families. It will divert more than 1,000 tonnes of waste from early childhood education services. Key waste streams include food, soft plastics and nappies.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has also released the Bin Trim app, a free resource enabling all NSW businesses to conduct their own waste assessment, create an action plan to avoid and reduce waste, and monitor improvements over time.

The EPA’s popular Bin Trim Program has already enabled more than 38,000 businesses to help the environment and save money by diverting more than 260,000 tonnes of waste from landfill. The Program is part of the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy backed by $356 million over five years.

Businesses who want to get involved with the Bin Trim program can find more information on the EPA website or call the EPA on 131 555.

Quotes attributable to NSW Minister for the Environment, Penny Sharpe: 

“The NSW Government is supporting small and medium businesses to innovate to reduce the amount of organic, plastic and other waste that goes to landfill.

“From food courts to bike shops and pre-schools, businesses are embracing the circular principles of avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle to both help the environment and effectively mitigate the impacts of rising costs.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Minister for Small Business, Stephen Kamper: 

“Small businesses have the power to shape our transition to a circular economy.

“Their agility, innovation, and commitment to sustainable practices empowers them to lead the way in redefining how we produce, consume, and repurpose resources.

“By integrating circularity into their business practices, small businesses not only minimise waste and environmental impact but can unlock new opportunities for growth, job creation, and community resilience.”