Organics Infrastructure (large and small) Program

Program snapshot

Category: Organics Infrastructure Fund

Amounts: Total of $6.25 million; individual grants of up to $2 million.

Eligible bodies: business, NSW councils, groups of NSW councils, other local government-controlled organisations and organisations upgrading the five AWT facilities eligible for waste levy exemption.

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Status: This program is now closed.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust.


The Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Program (2013-21) provided $57 million over 9 years to fund infrastructure and equipment to reduce food and garden organics waste going to landfill.

An additional $3.75 million was made available to support organisations impacted by the Mixed Waste Organics Outputs decision

The NSW EPA applied to the Australian Government's Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund  for matched funding for eligible projects through this round. The Commonwealth Government’s $57 million Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund will support infrastructure upgrades and developments to support the diversion of organic waste from landfill and the production of recycled organic products for use on agricultural soils. The EPA was successful in receiving $5 million to support 8 projects.

View successful projects on the Environmental Trust website.

Previous rounds have allocated $55 million to 112 projects across the 5 streams.

Stream 1: Organics Processing Infrastructure

Provides funding for new and enhanced infrastructure to process food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and/or businesses.

Only stream 1 was available in Round 9.

The application form and guidelines are available from the NSW Environmental Trust website (for information only).

Previous funding streams

Stream 2: Business Organics Recycling

Provides funding for onsite processing or pre-processing equipment. 

Stream 3: Food Donation Infrastructure

Provides funding for infrastructure, such as fridges, freezers, refrigerated vans and storage equipment like forklifts to facilitate the collection and redistribution of edible food waste from businesses to people in need.

More information about food donation grants.

Stream 4: Product Quality

Provides funding for equipment to improve the quality of recycled organics products to support access to new markets.

Stream 5: Transfer Stations

Provides funding for the capital costs relating to infrastructure and equipment to establish new or upgrade existing transfer stations so that they can also be used as transfer stations for food (or food and garden) organics. 

Past recipients

Round 9

Round 9 allocated $7,311,339 to 12 projects.

An additional $4,989,504 was awarded to 8 of these projects as part of the Australian Government’s Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund.

Round 8

Round 8 allocated $1 million to one project.

Round 7

Round 7 allocated $8,901,450 to 18 projects across the following 3 streams:

Round 6

Round 6 allocated $9,864,640 to 17 projects across the following 3 streams:

Round 5

Round 5 allocated $5,214,055 to 15 projects across the following 3 streams:

Round 4

Round 4 allocated $3,215,863 to 12 projects across the following streams:

Round 3

Round 3 allocated $13,046,501 to 24 projects across the following streams:

Round 2

Round 2 allocated $8,075,024 to 20 projects across the following streams:

Round 1

Round 1 allocated $15,659,916 to 15 projects across the following streams:

More information

Circular Economy Programs
Organics Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6890

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