The investment includes
- $12.5 million Organics Collections grants
- $5 million Local Council Transition grants
- $6.26 million Research and Development grants consisting of
- $2.51 million for Alternative Uses for General Waste
- $3.75 million for Organics Infrastructure grants
About the AWT transition package consultation
The transition package was developed to assist the Alternative Waste Treatment (AWT) industry and councils to transition to sustainable resource recovery practices following the 2018 EPA revocation of the order and exemption allowing MWOO to be applied to land.
A Phase 1 package was introduced in October 2018 to provide support to minimise the risk to kerbside collection services and ensure that any additional landfill costs would not be passed on to councils or ratepayers. The phase one transition package concluded on 28 February 2020. A temporary waste levy exemption for limited amounts of MWOO produced at approved scheduled waste facilities in NSW has been in place since November 2018. Approvals are currently in place until 1 May 2021 and further approvals may be considered in the future for scheduled waste facilities that demonstrate they are transitioning to sustainable resource recovery outcomes.
Consultation with the industry and councils in late 2019 informed the Phase 2 Transition Package.
The outcomes from the $24 million AWT transition package were announced by the Minister for the Environment in March 2020.