Organics Collections grants

Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Organics Collections grants.

Program snapshot

Category: Organics Infrastructure Fund

Amounts: Total of $27 million; individual grants: up to $1.3 million

Eligible bodies: Local councils and businesses

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

Status:   Round 7 is now open. Applications close 3pm, Thursday 27 June 2019

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.

View the NSW Organics Collection services map (PDF 576KB).

How to apply

hands adding organic material to kitchen caddy

Grants of up to $1.3 million are available for bins, kitchen caddies and education for councils (or groups of councils) to introduce new food and garden waste collection services. Funding is also available for trials and system roll outs for source separated organics collections in multi-unit dwellings.

Businesses and councils with projects that involve collection of food waste from businesses are also eligible for funding, with up to $500,000 available for 50% of the cost of collection vehicles, bins and expert advice.

A webinar detailing how to apply for will be held on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 2.30 pm. Register for the webinar.

Applications close at 3pm on 27 June 2019.

More information, the application form and guidelines are available from the NSW Environmental Trust.

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 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.
  • 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 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 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 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 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.

More information

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

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