Category: Organics Infrastructure Fund.
Amounts: Total of $12.1 million; individual grants of up to $1.3 million.
Eligible bodies: NSW Councils, groups of NSW Councils.
Status: This program is now closed.
Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust
This $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.
Over 9 previous rounds $25.8 million has been allocated to 64 projects.
An additional $12.5 million was allocated as part of the Alternative Waste Technology Transition Package to support councils impacted by the 2018 EPA revocation of the order and exemption allowing mixed waste organic outputs (MWOO) to be applied to land.
The first 2 rounds of the AWT Transition Package funding allocated $3.1 million to 4 projects.
Many councils in NSW already operate an organics collection service. View the NSW Organics Collection services map (PDF 576KB).
Grants of up to $1.3 million were 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 $12.1 million was available. This consisted of the remaining AWT Transition Package funding allocated to organics collections, combined with remaining funds from the Waste Less Recycle More Organics Infrastructure Fund.
For information only, guidelines are available from the NSW Environmental Trust website.
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.
- Bega Valley Shire Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 228KB)
A clever and humorous education campaign got Bega Valley residents FOGOfied.
- Byron Shire Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 470KB)
Organic waste that has been diverted from landfill is being used by Byron Shire’s farmers to grow sustainable produce and improve local soil quality.
- Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council and Singleton Council organics collections case study (PDF 1150KB)
A fortnightly garden organics bin was introduced in the Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton Council areas in 2017. In its first year 13,598 tonnes of garden organics were collected.
Kempsey Shire Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 452KB)
The rural residents of Kempsey Shire have embraced a weekly food and garden organics collection and their dedication has contributed to a 15% drop in waste going to landfill in just 12 months.
- Kiama Municipal Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 390KB)
Excellent planning has encouraged Kiama residents to embrace an organics recycling program that turns food and garden waste into a range of soil, compost and mulch products.
- Leichhardt food waste collection case study (PDF 521KB)
Residents living in multi-unit complexes in the Leichhardt area have given a ‘thumbs up’ to their organics collection service, which turns waste into electricity.
- Netwaste Bathurst Regional Council, Forbes Shire Council and Parkes Shire Council FOGO collections case study (PDF 822KB)
Three NSW Central West councils have successfully introduced a weekly food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste service, diverting thousands of tonnes of organics from landfill
- Richmond Valley Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 416KB)
Education has been critical to the successful rollout of Richmond Valley Council’s food organics and garden organics collection service.
- Shellharbour City Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 660KB)
Embracing a program to recycle food organics and garden organics (FOGO) has saved Shellharbour City Council ratepayers $219,000 in waste levy payments in the first year alone and extended the lifespan of the region’s landfill facility.
- Snowy Monaro Cooma Regional Council FOGO collection case study (PDF 776)
The Cooma-Monaro Shire Council used its $339,499 grant funding to produce nutrient-rich compost, by introducing a new kerbside food organics and garden organics collection.
Watch the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council Composting Food and Garden Organics video.