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Grants are now open to improve food and organic waste recycling, for litter prevention, and to stop and clean up illegal dumping.

Food and organic waste recycling

Councils and the alternative waste treatment (AWT) industry are now able to apply for NSW Government funding to improve the recycling of kerbside waste.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s $24 million AWT transition package to help councils and industry achieve better food and organics waste separation and innovate in how they recycle, and follows the EPA’s decision to stop the use of mixed waste organics output.

“It aims to support councils and the industry to plan and introduce separate food and organics waste services at the kerbside, making the most of the valuable resource that is household food and garden waste.”

The new funding available includes:

  • $12.5 million Organics Collections program grants
  • $5 million Local Council Transition grants
  • $2.51 million for Research and Development grants for new or alternative uses for general waste.

The Organics Collections program grants provide councils impacted by mixed waste organic outputs regulatory changes with individual grants of up to $1.3 million to switch to garden only or food and garden organics collection services.

A total of $16 million is available under this round with an additional $3.5 million available to non-affected NSW councils.

The Local Council Transition grants support councils impacted by MWOO regulatory changes with a range of project options, including strategic planning, options assessment, community engagement, rolling out new organics collection services or improving their existing organics services.

The Research and Development grants will support initiatives to develop alternative end markets or new products for general waste, either to accelerate or enhance existing projects or fund new research and development.

Applications close 23 July 2020

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Litter prevention grants

Over $1 million is available for community groups, councils and businesses to address litter in their local area.

A total of $1.17 million – comprising $670,000 for Round 6 of theCommunity litter grants and $500,000 for the inaugural Cigarette butt litter prevention grants is available to community groups, councils, businesses and organisations to implement litter prevention projects.

The litter grants can be used to fund a number of litter initiatives including community education and engagement, clean-ups and new bin infrastructure, with programs aimed at addressing littering and strengthening the capacity of communities to take local ownership of litter.

Applications close 28th July 2020



Ilegal dumping

$1.5 million in grants is available to councils, public land managers and community groups to stop and clean up illegal dumping in their local area.

The grants are a part of the NSW Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention program which has awarded $6.7 million to projects to combat illegal dumping since the program commenced.

The grant program is funded under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative, administered by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry an Environment.

The grants can be used by councils, public land managers and community groups to implement prevention and clean-up action on publicly managed land or to establish illegal dumping baseline data.

Applications close on the 31st July 2020.

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