$27 million in grants now open for waste, recycling and litter reduction initiatives

Now is the time to get your applications in, with four grants available to improve waste and recycling services and reduce the impact of litter in your community.

$6 million Organics Infrastructure (large and small) – applications close 21 October

In NSW, more than a third of waste sent to landfill each year is food. This grant is open to local councils and businesses for projects that build, upgrade or expand organics processing infrastructure for source separated organics. This could include facilities that will process kerbside food and organics (FOGO) into compost, or convert food only waste into animal feed or energy, through anaerobic digestion.

$12 million Organics Collection grants – applications close 28 October

Open to eligible councils, regional organisations of councils and joint organisations to support the diversion of food and garden waste at the kerbside so it can be turned into a valuable resource. This could include upgrading existing kerbside garden waste collections, conducting trials of food-only collections in unit blocks, or purchasing new infrastructure such as kitchen caddies and wheelie bins. Since 2013, more than 62 projects have provided new or improved organics collections for more than 700,000 NSW households and businesses with more than 185,000 tonnes of food and garden waste diverted from landfill. 

$7 million Circular Solar Grants – applications close 4 November

By 2035 in NSW solar panels and associated batteries reaching their end of life could generate between 40,000-71,000 tonnes of waste per year. These grants are open to industry, research organisations, not-for-profits, councils and government organisations for innovative projects that reuse and recycle old solar panels and their battery waste.

$2 million Litter Prevention Grants – applications close 8 November

This is for local community-based litter reduction projects such as butt bin installations and community clean-up days and is open to community groups, councils including Regional Waste Groups, businesses and government organisations. Previous projects have achieved great success, with an average 70% litter-reduction at targeted hotspots.