Litter Prevention Grants Program: grants available

Up to $10 million in funding is available in 3 streams from 2022 to 2027.

The NSW Government has opened the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (WASM) Litter Prevention Grants Program for councils, community groups and other key stakeholders to deliver litter prevention projects and develop strategic plans to address litter in their local environments.

Up to $10 million is available from 2022 to 2027.

Funding is provided under 3 streams:

  • Stream 1: Small-scale, on-ground projects, including a dedicated cigarette butt litter program
  • Stream 2: Strategic development and capacity building
  • Stream 3: Own It and Act strategic implementation

Expressions of interest for Intake 3 are open.
These guidelines will help guide your application for funding

Submit your Expression of interest in grant funding through SmartyGrants.

Intake 1 – now closed
Intake 2 – now closed

8 March 2024 Expressions of interest for Intake 3 close
4 April 2024  Intake 3 applications due
30 June 2027 WASM Litter Prevention Grants projects close
Stream 1 – On-ground projects
Randwick City Council   $60,000
Litter Free Gordons and Yarra Bay
Local litter checks have identified extensive littering of beverage containers litter at Gordons and Yarra Bay. The project will involve deep cleans of the project locations and installation of fit for purpose infrastructure that can withstand the harsh sea breeze. Appropriate signage using the Tosser campaign will be developed and installed at the location as appropriate. Council will deploy litter officers to patrol the beach during the busy summer season to deter the community from littering and educate them about potential littering fines. Council will also engage the services of an interactive theatre group to engage with the community and provide positive litter messages during the summer season.
Liverpool City Council    $35,000
Tackling takeaway litter in Liverpool
Liverpool City Council are aiming to achieve reductions of litter in two hotspot areas. The highest littered items in these two hotspot areas are food and beverage rubbish from takeaways. By undertaking public education using signage both at the hotspot areas and close to the source hubs, an increase in enforcement where possible and improvements in waste infrastructure around these hotspots Council aims to significantly reduce the volume of larger littered items found and improve the amenity for the community.
Stream 1 – Cigarette Butt projects
TAFE    $40,000
Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention – Sydney (St George, Loftus, Gymea)
TAFE NSW aims to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of students and staff by providing education on healthy living and environmental sustainability. and increasing awareness of the effects of smoking on people and the environment. Key strategies in achieving this are cross-functional collaboration internally across TAFE NSW, and positive and proactive engagement with local health providers. The project seeks to implement a range of interventions to reduce the quantity of butt litter to eliminate their impact on the environment.
TAFE   $40,000
Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention – Northern NSW (Casino, Kingscliff, Wollongbar)
This TAFE NSW project aims to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of students and staff by providing education on healthy living and environmental sustainability primarily through enhancing awareness of the effects of smoking on people and the environment. Key strategies include cross-functional collaboration internally across TAFE NSW, and positive and proactive engagement with local health providers. The project seeks to implement a range of strategies to reduce the quantity of butt litter to eliminate the impact on the environment, including upgrading and installing new infrastructure.
TAFE   $40,000
Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention – Broken Hill Cluster West (Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Menindee, Coomealla, Moree)
TAFE NSW aims to keep its sites clean and tidy by reducing the butt litter on the ground. Many of these sites are non-smoking and TAFE aim to install appropriate signage and infrastructure to reduce the butt litter disposed of by people and scavengers. TAFE NSW also plans to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of students and staff through providing education on healthy living and environmental sustainability. This will be achieved by cross-functional collaboration internally across TAFE NSW in addition to positive and proactive engagement with local health providers.
TAFE   $40,000
Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention – West (Dubbo and Orange)
TAFE NSW aims to keep its sites clean and tidy by reducing the butt litter on the ground. Many of these sites are non-smoking and TAFE aim to install appropriate signage and infrastructure to reduce the butt litter disposed of by people and scavengers. TAFE NSW also plans to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of students and staff through providing education on healthy living and environmental sustainability. This will be achieved by cross-functional collaboration internally across TAFE NSW in addition to positive and proactive engagement with local health providers.
Coonamble Neighbourhood Centre Inc   $40,000
Butt Out Coonamble
To tackle the problem in Coonamble, the Coonamble Neighbourhood Centre will provide butt bins throughout the identified hotspot areas to decrease the cigarette butt litter rates. This will be complemented by signage to indicate the availability of the new bins to assist with educating smokers and the community in general. Local businesses will be included in general community discussions advising them of the availability of the new bins. The local newspaper, social media and other forms of advertising will be used to promote the project and acknowledge the NSW Government's contribution.
Purple Card Project Pty Ltd   $40,000
Wallsend Village Butt Litter Prevention Project
The Wallsend Village Butt Litter Prevention Project comprises six hotspot sites surrounding Wallsend Village Shopping Centre. Observations revealed that a primary cause of littering across all sites is insufficient infrastructure, no designated smoking areas across the whole site, and “No Smoking” signs found at entrances only. To enhance Pride and Ownership and communicate expected behaviour the grantee will coordinate a thorough clean-up of all sites targeting small litter. This will coincide with the installation of signage and butt bins, supported by an extra car park cleaning to reinforce expected behaviour. The bus shelter will implement Pathways strategies to highlight the existing butt bin. Community surveys will assist to identify locations for smoking zones, additional butt bins, and signage across all sites.
Randwick City Council   $20,000
Butt Litter Reduction at Randwick
The project plan will use the EPA's 13 step approach to butt litter reduction at La Perouse and Randwick. The butt litter check has identified significant butt littering at the two hot spots. Council will install appropriate butt bins along with Hey Tosser campaign signs. Interactive education will be undertaken for community awareness. Enforcement rangers will be mobilised for enforcement of butt littering. Butt litter checks will be conducted mid-way through and at the end of the project to achieve a target of 50% reduction in butt litter.

 

Stream 2 – Strategic development and capacity building 
Byron Shire Council   $95,000
Byron Shire Council Litter Prevention Plan and Roadmap
This project will consist of undertaking a Cost of Litter Study, continuing to monitor litter data in the local environment, undertaking EPA Own It and Act (OIAA) processes and engaging various stakeholders in the development of a strategic litter plan. Through this, Byron Shire Council aims to increase the organisation's capacity in litter prevention, in line with the four OIAA enablers. The plan will ensure ongoing, long-term, organisation-wide, commitment to litter prevention. The Plan will also include ongoing efforts to prevent litter from entering waterways by stopping them at the source, as a part of the 'Source to Sea' project. Project findings will further identify key problem litter items and sources, to guide strategic efforts, working towards a 60% reduction in all littered items by 2029.
Sydney Coastal Council Group    $40,000
Greater Sydney Harbour Regional Litter Prevention Strategy capacity building project
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group’s project involves developing a Roadmap to work towards long-term litter prevention targets and delivery actions for the SCCG councils in Greater Sydney Harbour, as reflected in the Greater Sydney Harbour Regional Litter Prevention Strategy 2021-30 (RLPS). The project will work towards developing a Roadmap for the SCCG's Greater Sydney Harbour councils, underpinned by cost of litter studies for individual SCCG councils. Capacity building initiatives will continue to be developed, including the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Framework in partnership with the Parramatta River Catchment Group.

Bathurst Regional Council   $96,000
Leaving Litter in the Past, A strategic approach to managing litter in Bathurst
Bathurst Regional Council has commenced identifying its strengths and capacity building opportunities with respect to litter management across the four key OIAA enablers. A Steering Committee will oversee the development of a litter strategy and grow ownership of litter prevention within the organisation. Council has access to project data from litter hotspots and will grow this data though a litter study and investigate different types of litter across multiple locations to assist with future litter priorities. Council has a strong track record of external collaboration as well as sharing outcomes and learning.

Bathurst’s actions can limit litter impacts on Murray Darling Basin to improve water quality across the Central West. Council is committed to both waste and catchment education and has delivered the successful River Connections Project across six schools. The innovative project brings young people and Wiradyuri Elders together to learn about the river from a range of perspectives.

Council anticipates aligning the litter strategy with the objectives contained in the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy 2022 – 2030, the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy and the NSW Plastics Plan. The final aspect to the project is the completion of the Stream 3 Roadmap in line with EPA guidelines to implement the key recommendations coming out of the strategy.

Canterbury-Bankstown Council    $50,000
City of Canterbury Bankstown Litter Roadmap

The Canterbury Bankstown community has identified litter prevention and clean up as actions to deliver a clean city. Council will build a cross team, multi-focus area, cross catchment, and regional approach to littering. A litter roadmap will incorporate baseline data collected to evaluate progress towards the WASM targets. These activities will be incorporated into Operational Plans for future budgeting and funding opportunities.

The roadmap will engage neighbouring Councils, Regional ROCs, Catchment Groups and State agencies litter strategies/goals. It will pull together litter actions from across the organisation to deliver on a commitment to reduce litter that is deliverable and trackable with long-term goals. Synchronising outcomes with our neighbours and partners in a single document will make it clear to NSW that CB City is committed to WASM Strategy goals.

Seabin Foundation Ltd    $40,000
Seabin Foundation Litter Prevention Framework and target base Litter Reduction Strategy
This project will form Seabin Foundations’ long-term vision to empower litter prevention across community, private sector, and government. By influencing behaviour, policy change, and awareness according to localised facts measured regularly by Seabins, Seabin Foundation intend to reduce litter in Seabin catchment areas by 60%.

The project will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the extent and causes of littering in our community and throughout the study site. It will engage with stakeholders, including local government, businesses, schools, and community organisations to develop a comprehensive prevention and evaluation framework. An action plan will outline the specific steps to be taken to implement the framework, including timelines, responsibilities, and resources to identify the outcomes to be measured.

The Canterbury Bankstown community has identified litter prevention and clean up as actions to deliver a clean city. Council will build a cross team, multi-focus area, cross catchment, and regional approach to littering. A litter roadmap will incorporate baseline data collected to evaluate progress towards the WASM targets. These activities will be incorporated into Operational Plans for future budgeting and funding opportunities.

Inner West Council   $100,000
Inner West, Litter Less – Developing a long-term litter prevention roadmap
The focus of this project is to increase Inner West Council’s capacity to undertake litter prevention initiatives, projects, and community engagement, permanently embedding litter prevention into the organisation and working towards Council’s litter reduction targets. Council currently endorses two regional litter prevention strategic development plans and has identified through the Own it and Act Status Check that it is ready to develop its own strategic goals. The project will produce a roadmap outlining long-term plans to incorporate litter prevention into all areas that manage litter. This long-term commitment will decrease dependency on short-term projects and grant funding. The cross-departmental steering group will remove common barriers such as communication breakdown or competing priorities/ projects and help all departments to work towards a common goal.

The Strategy will analyse preliminary data gathered from the study site and adapt for other relevant water catchment areas, interpret feedback given in steering committee, apply OIAA Framework assessment to the strategy, and action plan, to assess its alignment with the Own it and Act strategic implementation criteria and ensure the strategy can lead to the development of a 3-year roadmap to be implemented for Sydney Harbour and other areas in NSW.

Northern Beaches Council   $96,000
Clean Environment in a Circular Economy
This initiative will provide Northern Beaches Council with a clear strategic direction for litter prevention, with defined targets and mechanisms for success. A cross-organisational steering committee will build understanding, collaboration and ongoing commitment and permission to take effective action on litter prevention. Ultimately, a "Roadmap to a Clean Environment" will be produced, to provide Council the opportunity to enter a new phase of strategic implementation of litter prevention over the long term. The roadmap will detail the rationale, objectives, initiatives, targets, and resources for Council to deliver on the "Clean Environment" direction of its Waste and Circular Economy strategy and other strategies, charters and plans. A Project Officer placed within Council's Waste and Cleansing unit will work strategically and collaboratively across the organisation to build the capacity of Northern Beaches Council to prevent litter. This initiative will build on a 2022 Cost of Litter Study and the findings of the Preliminary Status Check completed by Council in March 2023.

Clean Up Australia Limited    $61,000
Understanding the journey from clean up volunteers to prevention
Clean Up Australia believes that litter prevention needs to be embedded at every level of the organisation and wants to embrace a more holistic approach towards litter prevention. To facilitate this change, CUA will develop a business case that maps out CUA’s vision for litter prevention, sets clear and tangible targets and impact tracking, and establishes how CUA can engage stakeholders to develop further actions beyond Clean Ups.

The roadmap will provide a framework for Clean Up Australia's future campaigns to align with the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy. The project will be informed by surveys, focus groups, and interviews with Clean Up Australia's volunteers and supporters. It will also draw on best practices from other successful environmental organisations in driving behaviour change. The roadmap will provide Clean Up Australia with a strategic tool to mobilise its network of volunteers and supporters towards prevention, championing actions, and leading their local communities to more a sustainable future.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)   $75,000   NPWS Litter Strategy
NPWS has a major part to play in the State's success in litter prevention, with a particular interest on the impact of litter on the health of NSW’s plants, animals, and environment. This project will be the start of a comprehensive program to capture baseline data and conduct organisational surveys to help understand the litter problem. This will be used build leadership, set targets, and create a business case for further strategic work. A strategy roadmap will detail how NPWS will work towards long-term litter prevention targets and deliver actions beyond the life of the funding cycle. The project will transform the organisation's holistic understanding of the scope, size, economics, culture, and values needed for a state-wide organisational strategy. Many individuals, areas and NPWS executives have the appetite and the track record in the litter space, and the project will provide a unified vision, targets and actions, funding and organisational position to drive lasting and systemic change.

Cumberland City Council   $80,000
 Strategic approach to litter prevention in Cumberland
Cumberland City Council aims to take an integrated and systematic approach to delivering litter prevention. Council will develop a Litter Prevention and Action plan to deliver key outcomes in line with the Own it and Act Framework. This strategy will develop a clear vision for litter prevention in Cumberland and streamline long-term litter prevention actions in Cumberland.

The deliverables from the grant include a Litter Prevention Strategy and Action Plan, Roadmap, Own It and Act consensus rubric, baseline of current organisational litter prevention capacity, and community engagement and communication actions. A steering committee made up of specialist across multiple disciplines within Council will meet regularly to guide the direction of the project.

OzFish Unlimited    $79,200
Tackling litter in the recreational fishing industry and community
OzFish’s Strategic Litter Prevention Initiative will work with the recreational fishing industry and community to develop a strategy for how to prevent litter in the recreational fishing community. Bringing together manufacturers, retailers, and end users as well as relevant government agencies and community groups of recreational fishers will significantly reduce litter entering our waterways. The strategy will identify the ‘who, what, where, why’ of litter from recreational fishers, and plan a framework for action to tackle the litter problem based on the greatest impact outcomes. Targets will be set for litter reduction by the recreational fishing industry and community, contributing to state government targets. OzFish will also work to increase the capacity of staff to take ownership of litter prevention by including litter in induction processes and engaging staff to reach out to their networks for consultation around the strategy. OzFish will present these strategy planning initiatives in a strategy document and develop a roadmap for OzFish's long term targets and the ongoing sustainability of its litter prevention work.

Shellharbour City Council   $100,000
Shellharbour City Council litter reduction roadmap
Shellharbour City Council is committed to developing a Litter Reduction Roadmap to identify actions and goals to make Shellharbour City a clean and litter-free environment. Using a collaborative, cross-organisational approach Council will embed litter prevention practices throughout the organisation. The Litter Prevention Roadmap will enable Council to identify goals and actions to continue to embed litter prevention practices and build capacity within the organisation. Council has committed to establishing a Steering Committee and Working Group to ensure cross-divisional endorsement and input from the relevant stakeholders.

The Roadmap will build organisational capacity for litter prevention, establish litter prevention targets that align with Council’s capacity and EPA targets, identify the key sources of litter and how they enter our waterways, review existing infrastructure and catchment technologies to identify potential improvements, quantify the amount of litter and time allocated to litter management and improve monitoring and evaluation and data collection to ensure Council meets agreed litter prevention targets.

Stream 3 – Own It and Act Strategic Implementation

Take 3 for the Sea   $449,978
Take 3’s Visitor Economy Industry Litter Prevention Program
The purpose of Take 3’s Visitor Economy Industry Litter Prevention Program (‘VEI Program’) is to bring together leading NSW Visitor Economy Industry businesses and stakeholders (‘VEI businesses/stakeholders’), utilising a sector approach to inform and enable them to Own it and Act on the problem of visitor litter. Key outcomes are to build ownership and capacity for the NSW Visitor Economy Industry (VEI) and their consumers/visitors to act on and sustain litter prevention now and into the future through leading, educating, monitoring, amplifying, advocating, and celebrating litter prevention across the industry.

After the success of First Wave (Phase 1) and Ground Swell (Phase 2) of the VEI Program, the strategic intent of Phase 3 is to continue to inspire the ownership of visitor litter and to challenge the VEI to work together to achieve the NSW Litter Reduction Targets in line with the NSW Visitor Economy Litter Prevention Strategy 2030.

Cooks River Alliance    $373,000
Against the Flow, shifting the litter paradigm in the Cooks River Catchment
The strategic intent of Cooks River - "Against the Flow" initiative is to further shift the litter management paradigm within the Cooks River catchment away from an emphasis on management after litter is released into the environment, to one that relies on coordinated, long-term catchment scale approaches to litter prevention. The Cooks River Alliance will play a coordinating role to establish a self-sustaining community of practice, foster partnerships to tackle catchment-wide litter issues and engage and empower the broader community to understand, support and advocate for litter prevention throughout the catchment. The secretariat will also include a report card on catchment wide litter data and progress.

WASM Litter Prevention Grant Round timeline