Community Recycling Centre Program

Program snapshot

Category: Improved systems for household problem wastes

Amounts: Total of $3 million in grants infrastructure funding with individual grants of up to $200,000

Eligible bodies: Councils, not-for-profits, private sector.

Contact: Community Recycling Unit. Phone 9995 6880 or email

Status:  Currently closed for applications. Contact the Community Recycling Unit for information about further funding rounds.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust


The Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres grants program aims to make it easier for householders to recycle and remove problem wastes by creating a network of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs).

The objectives of this program are:

  • To provide 90 per cent or more of NSW households with access to a CRC where they can drop off their problem wastes free of charge.
  • Raise community awareness by engaging householders in good management of resource recovery and disposal options for their problem wastes.
  • To provide a sustainable solution for the management of household problem wastes.

Round four of the grants program continues to expand the development of CRCs across the state.

The CRCs will continue to collect ‘core’ problem waste items like paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and cooking oils, car and household batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes, and smoke detectors.

Funding is available for upgrades to existing facilities or the construction of new facilities in target areas.

Round Four of the grant program

Under round four of the program grants were only available for CRCs located in the following priority local government areas (LGAs)

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • The Hills
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lake Macquarie
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Ryde
  • Shellharbour
  • Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Waverly
  • Wollondilly
  • Woollahra
  • Yass Valley

A review of service coverage across the state has demonstrated that there is a major gap in the CRC network within the Sydney metropolitan area, and notable gaps in some regional centres. The above priority LGAs have been identified as optimal locations for future CRCs.

Past recipients

Round 1 allocated $4,581,547 to 29 councils and two regional waste groups (representing six councils) to establish 34 Community Recycling Centres and two mobile collection services. View Round 1 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Round 2 allocated $5,166,602 to 25 councils and six regional waste groups (representing 33 councils) to establish 36 Community Recycling Centres, eight of which incorporate mobile collection services to outlying areas. View Round 2 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Round 3 allocated $1,707,710 to 10 councils to establish 10 Community Recycling Centres. The funding will be used for new developments as well as the enhancement of existing facilities. View Round 3 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Round 4 allocated $992,218 to five councils to establish five Community Recycling Centres. View Round 4 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Community Recycling Centre case studies

Three early start Community Recycling Centres were established as demonstration sites to inform, provide support and assist other councils considering establishing a Community Recycling Centre in their community. The case studies provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a Community Recycling Centre.

Download the case studies

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Community Recycling Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6880

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