Litter Prevention Grants Program

The NSW Government has released the new Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041, outlining how NSW will transition towards a circular economy. As part of this strategy the NSW Government has set 2 new litter targets:

  1. 30% reduction in plastic litter by 2025, and
  2. 60% of all litter items by 2030.

This has been backed by $38 million over the next 5 years to support programs and projects that deliver these targets. This funding will be guided by the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy.

The NSW Litter Prevention Grants Program is a critical element of the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy, providing support for key stakeholders to deliver on-ground and strategic litter prevention projects. This includes grant programs to target littering hotspots and the materials that most contribute to littering in NSW:

Projects supported by the EPA's Litter Prevention grants program combine enforcement, infrastructure and education. They make use of the Tosser creative materials and Local Litter Check resources. The program also provides funding for the development of strategic projects that support long-term litter prevention projects in NSW.

Own it and Act strategic framework

Organisations that wish to apply for strategic funding must refer to the Own it and Act strategic framework (PDF 1.1MB) and Own it and Act Preliminary Status Check (PDF 1.4MB).

If litter prevention is to remain a priority in NSW, a long-term strategic approach is needed. This will ensure that litter prevention has a place in every organisation in NSW and that people know what to do to prevent litter effectively. This means individuals have the will and knowledge and take action to prevent litter. It means organisations take responsibility for their role in preventing litter by embedding principles, policies and practices into their everyday business. And it means organisations reach out to others and work collaboratively to embed the right behaviours in NSW over the long run to create an enduring legacy for future generations. The vision for litter prevention in NSW is simple: Own it and Act.

The Litter Prevention Unit has developed the Own it and Act strategic framework and the Own it and Act Preliminary Status Check to provide a framework for engaging in long-term litter prevention and to assist organisations to refine the scope and direction of proposed litter prevention projects.

Transition Round funding program is now closed

The EPA released a Transition Round of funding under the Litter Prevention grants program to support stakeholders’ transition towards delivering outcomes in line with the new Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy.

Funding of $2,000,000 is available to councils, community groups and businesses and other government agencies as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More transition year funding and the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041.

Funding is available for projects under the existing grant programs. These guidelines show organisations how to submit applications for this Transition Round.

Transition Round Grant Guidelines (PDF 573KB)

Transition Round timeframes

1 Oct 2021

18 Oct 2021

8 Nov 2021

Dec 2021

Jan 2022

Feb 2023

Applications open

Webinar to support applicants

Applications close

Successful applicants announced:


EPA’s grant agreement signed


Detailed work and safety plans for project sites


Projects to commence

Projects completed and final reports submitted

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