Community Recycling Centre Program

Program snapshot

Category: Improved systems for household problem waste

Amounts: Total of $1.8 million in infrastructure grant funding, with individual grants of up to $250,000. Additional funding to assist with the costs if site works is also available.

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

Contact: Community Recycling Unit. Phone 9995 6891 or email

Status:  Applications have closed.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust


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

The objectives of this program are:

  • To provide 90% or more of NSW households with access to a service where they can drop off their problem waste 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 waste.

Round five of the grant program continues to expand the development of CRCs across the state, focusing on filling the gaps in the network across the Sydney metropolitan area.

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 five of the grant program

Under round five of the program, grants are available for CRCs located in the following priority local government areas (LGAs)

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • The Hills
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Ryde
  • Sutherland
  • Waverly
  • Wollondilly
  • Woollahra

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. The above priority LGAs have been identified as optimal locations for future CRCs.

To apply for funding under Round 5 please download the guidelines and application forms from the NSW Environmental Trust

Advisory service

Applicants from the LGA priority list who are applying for funding under the Improved systems for Household Problem Waste – Community Recycling Centres are also eligible to access a support advisory service. The advisory service is free and can be used for:

  • Procurement/budgeting/financial: Peer review of planning approaches, or critical review of project timelines and risk plans.
  • Planning/licensing: Guidance on site selection, environmental protection licensing, development application procedures, or assistance in overcoming unforeseen planning and licensing issues. Advice can also be provided on NSW Planning legislation, zoning requirements and development applications which may impact on a CRC development.
  • Technical/engineering: Review of the design of infrastructure and civil works, making sure it is ‘fit for purpose’ and achievable within the budget available, or. advice on equipment purchasing.

You can apply to use the Advisory Service by downloading the application form on the NSW Environmental Trust website. Assistance is provided at the discretion of the EPA, upon consideration of the information provided in the application. If assistance is approved, a maximum of eight hours advice will be provided at no cost to the applicant.

Assistance with grant applications will be available until 10 May 2019. Successful grantees may access the service after the award of the grant, if design and planning assistance is required. 

For more details about the grants please refer to the Guidelines for Applicants.

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 6891

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