Organics Collections grants

Applications are now open for Round 8 of the Organics Collections grants.

Program snapshot

Category: Organics Infrastructure Fund

Amounts: Total of $27 million; plus an additional $12.5 million under the Alternative Waste Technology Transition Package

Eligible bodies: Local councils

Contact: 131 555 or organics.recycling@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status:   Round 8 is now open

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust

Aims

This eight-year, $27 million program funds new or improved local council household kerbside collection services for food and garden organics, including collection systems for garden only, food waste, or a combination of both.

An additional $12.5 million has been made available as part of the Alternative Waste Technology Transition Package to support councils directly impacted by the 2018 EPA revocation of the order and exemption allowing mixed waste organic outputs (MWOO) to be applied to land. A further $3.5 million is available for all other NSW Councils.

Many councils in NSW already operate an organics collection service. View the NSW Organics Collection services map (PDF 576KB).

How to apply 

Guidelines are available from the Environmental Trust website. Applications must be submitted via the Environmental Trust Grants Management System before 3pm on 23 July 2020. 

Funding available 

Grants of up to $1.3 million are available to eligible applicants to implement new garden only, food only or combined food and garden organics kerbside collection services. The funding supports audits, community education and infrastructure such as bins and kitchen caddies. 

A total pool of $16 million is available. $12.5 million has been made available as part of the Alternative Waste Technology Transition Package and is only available to councils directly impacted by the EPA’s MWOO position. The remaining $3.5 million is available to all other NSW councils. 

 

Case studies

These case studies detail the process each council employed to upgrade an existing service or introduce a new one to their residents and the results.

Watch the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council Composting Food and Garden Organics video.

Past recipients

A total of $24.5 million has been allocated so far to divert more than 151,000 tonnes of food and garden waste from landfill in NSW.

  • Round 7 allocated $2 million to five projects for the collection of organics waste from households and businesses. As a result of the grant funding an estimated additional 12,554 tonnes of business and household organics waste will be collected for recycling each year. View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust page.
  • Round 6 allocated $5 million to 10 projects. For the first time, this program is also supporting food waste collections from businesses, with three projects starting as a result of the grant funding to collect an estimated 1,350 tonnes of business food waste a year. View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust page.
  • Round 5 allocated $2 million to 7 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents, including four multi-unit dwelling trials. View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust page.
  • Round 4 allocated $1.6 million to 4 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents. View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust page.
  • Round 3 allocated $3.5 million to 7 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents. View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust page.
  • Round 2 allocated $5.8 million to 10 councils for new organics collection services. View project summaries on the on the NSW Environmental Trust page.
  • Round 1 allocated $6.5 million to 21 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents. View project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust page.

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Organics Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6876
Email: organics.recycling@epa.nsw.gov.au

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