Find out about the $356 million grants programs available under the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 and the NSW Plastic Action Plan.

From July 2022 the NSW Government is investing $356 million to deliver priority programs and policy reforms under the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 and the NSW Plastics Action Plan. These priority programs will help transition NSW to a circular economy and help mitigate impacts from climate change.
The investment builds on a number of successful initiatives and programs funded through the Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

Grants calendar

These are the funding opportunities under the Strategy and Plastics Plan. Expand each item for details.

The calendar will be updated as grants become available. The timing for grant opportunities is estimated, so is subject to change and revision.

Opening date Grant  Status 
21 September 2023

Scrap Together
Description To help councils support households to use the FOGO service well. Find out more about the grant.
Eligible for Local Councils, groups of councils

16 August 2023

Description To support councils to provide a weekly FOGO service to residents. Find out more about the grant.
Eligible for Local Councils

18 July 2023

NSW Plastics Technology
Description Seeking submissions that will significantly increase recycling and recovery rates of hard-to-recycle plastics. Find out more about the grant.
Eligible for Industry, Business, Not-for-profit, Local Councils, Regional waste groups

December 5 2022 Litter grants Round 1
Description Supporting stakeholders deliver local and strategic litter prevention projects that protect the environment and waterways. Find out more about the grant.
Eligible for Local Councils, Regional waste groups, Not-for-profit, State government agencies, Community groups, Industry
December 12 2022 Bin Trim Networks Program Intake 1
Description Supporting targeted networks to reduce commercial and industrial waste and develop circular economy opportunities. Find out more about the grant.

Eligible for Industry, Business, Not-for-profit, Local Councils, Regional waste groups 


Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements Program Round 1
Description To support councils in the Regional Levy Area and non-regulated area of NSW to close and improve high risk landfills

2024 Waste in Aboriginal communities Round 1
Description Ongoing support for the planning and delivery of waste management projects working in partnership with Aboriginal communities across NSW
Eligible for Local Aboriginal Land Councils

16 January 2023

Local Government Waste Solutions Fund Round 1
Description supporting NSW local councils in waste levy paying areas to deliver innovative and collaborative waste solutions that support the transition to a circular economy and contribute to achieving NSW Government’s waste priorities and targets.
Find out more about the grant
Eligible for Local councils in waste levy paying areas

December 5 2022 Illegal dumping prevention grants Round 1
Description To support land managers clean up and prevent illegal dumping. Find out more about the grant.
Eligible for Local councils, State government agencies, Regional waste groups

Previous grant programs

From 2013 to 2021, Waste Less, Recycle More provided $802 million to stimulate new investment and transform waste and recycling in NSW. It included grant programs for local government, business, industry and the community, delivered by the EPA and the NSW Environmental Trust.

The Alternative Waste Technology Transition Package Grants were in addition to Waste Less Recycle More and supported the alternative waste technology industry and local councils directly impacted by the 2018 EPA revocation of resource recovery orders and exemptions allowing application of mixed waste organic outputs to land.

  • Local councils
    Boosting recycling and regional collaboration for waste management.

  • Infrastructure
    Grants to boost investment in waste and recycling infrastructure, and support innovative solutions to recycling through research and development.

  • Landfill
    Funding for consolidation, closure and environmental improvement.
  • Organics
    Grants to keep food and garden waste out of landfill.
  • Household problem wastes
    Funding household chemical and problem waste drop off services.
  • Business and industry
    Advice, networking and equipment to reduce waste and recycle more.
  • Illegal dumping
    Support for education, capacity building, prevention and enforcement.
  • Litter prevention
    Targeting hotspots and the most-littered

Local councils and other public sector

Business and industry

Community groups NFP and NGO