Community Recycling Centre Program

Program snapshot

Category: Improved systems for household problem waste 

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

Contact: Community Recycling Unit. Phone 9995 6889 or email

Status:  Please contact the Community Recycling Unit if you are interested in applying for a grant.

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 were 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. 

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.

Round 5 allocated $1,125,625 to six councils to establish six new Community Recycling Centres. View Round 5 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

Circular Economy and Resource Management
Community Recycling Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6889

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