Project summaries: 2015 Organics Infrastructure

Round 3 Organics Infrastructure program

Funding was awarded to 24 grants to fund infrastructure and equipment to reduce food and garden organic waste going to landfill, and increase organics processing capacity to meet the recycling target of 70% by 2021.

  • Stream 1             10 grants totalling $11,582,309
  • Stream 2             6 grants totalling $510,289
  • Stream 3             7 grants totalling $932,428
  • Stream 4             1 grant totalling $21,475

Awarded projects and their project summaries are detailed below.

Stream 1: Food and garden organics processing

March 2017 Update. Murray River Council have declined the offer of funding

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Australian Native Landscapes

Tea Gardens FOGO processing

1,300,000

BetterGrow Pty Limited

Integrated organics resource recovery and composting facilities

4,500,000

Carbon Mate Pty Ltd

CMOR - Expansion and relocation of composting operations

987,500

Greater Taree Council

The Bucketts Way composting facility

340,000

Murray River Council - Declined

Murray Shire Council organics processing facility

225,000

North-West Recycling Centre

North-West recycling centre green-waste only expansion project

457,500

Pulpmaster Australia Pty Ltd

Pulpmaster's organic waste producing green fuel for industry

1,448,587

Soilco Pty Limited Enhance organics processing infrastructure at Soilco's Wogamia facility 483,722
Tamworth Refional Council Tamworth Regional Council Organics Recycling Facility (ORF) 1,350,000
Weston Aluminium Pty Limited Weston Organics processing facility 490,000

10 projects totalling

$11,582,309

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd
Tea Gardens FOGO processing
$1,300,000

Tea Gardens has been identified as an ideal location to expand existing organics processing activities to include food and garden organics (FOGO) processing. The ANL Tea Gardens site currently processes less than 20,000 tonnes per annum of wood waste. The project will install new infrastructure to process 30,000 tonnes per annum of FOGO from surrounding councils and commercial generators.

BetterGrow Pty Limited
Integrated organics resource recovery and composting facilities
$4,500,000

The Integrated Organics resource recovery and composting facilities project is a partnership between BetterGrow and Transpacific Cleanaway. The construction of a centrally located organics resource recovery facility at Wetherill Park and the Greenspot Bathurst composting facility form an integrated processing system for food and food and garden organic materials sourced from the municipal kerbside and commercial collection services. The project will install specialist equipment to process 100,000 tonnes per year of source separated organic materials producing quality assured compost and soil improvement products suitable for large scale agricultural, mining and urban landscape applications. Significant community, social and environmental benefits flow from this project including regional employment, improved productivity of agricultural soils, preservation of cultural heritage, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and conserved landfill space.

Carbon Mate Pty Ltd
CMOR - Expansion and relocation of composting operations
$987,500

Carbon Mate plan to relocate and expand the Carbon Mate Organic Recyclers (CMOR) compost facility. The existing CMOR facility is located within the Gregadoo Waste Management Centre (GWMC) and occupies three hectares on top of an old solid waste cell. This project is to establish a five hectares organics facility, within GWMC, on a suitable level site and further from receptors. This facility would process organic waste currently being disposed of to GWMC landfill, provide a sustainable, integrated facility that increases the lifespan of the landfill, reduces carbon dioxide emissions, enhances resource recovery, stimulates the productive economy and improves soil and biodiversity.

Greater Taree City Council
The Bucketts Way composting facility
$340,000

Council proposes the construction and operation of an aerated static pile composting facility based on the Mobile Aerated Floor (MAF) system at its Bucketts Way Waste Management Centre. Council's existing kerbside organics collection service will be expanded to include food waste and additional organic inputs will be sought from the commercial sector. It is anticipated up to 12,000 tonnes per annum of organic material will be composted and sold to a variety of customers, including landscape suppliers, farmers, horticulturist as well as council for use in its parks, playing fields and nature strips. Substantial social, economic and environmental benefits will flow from this endeavour.

Murray River Council - Declined
Murray Shire Council organics processing facility
$225,000

Murray Shire Council intends to construct a high-quality, organics processing facility in the region to process organic waste including the organic material from the Food Organics and Garden Organics kerbside collection service. The combination of these projects will divert in excess of 1890 tonnes per annum of organic waste from landfill and increase the regions diversion rate to 63%, approaching the state wide target for 2021.

North-West Recycling Centre
North-West recycling centre green-waste only expansion project
$457,500

North-West recycling centre green-waste only expansion project has identified opportunities to divert green waste from landfill from small to medium enterprises and the source separation and capture green waste from the Construction and Demolition and Commercial and Industrial waste streams. The location in Blacktown Council provides an alternative to large scale facilities outside the local area, saving valuable time and money for small businesses. The expansion captures large scale green waste from demolition and industrial waste streams that would otherwise be landfilled for operational ease. Furthermore, it offers a closed loop process where materials are received, processed and returned to the market place.

Pulpmaster Australia Pty Ltd
Pulpmaster's organic waste producing green fuel for industry
$1,448,587

Pulpmaster will construct a 30,000 tonne per annum anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Horsley Park to provide a closed loop organic waste collection and energy generation service. The organic waste is processed onsite within businesses regionally before being collected. The pulped food waste will be converted into biogas for sale and organic fertiliser/brick filler. The AD plant will provide over 100 terajoules of biogas to Brickworks Pty Ltd operations at their Horsley Park production facility.

Soilco Pty Limited
Enhance organics processing infrastructure at Soilco's Wogamia facility
$483,722

Soilco proposes to collect and divert 2000 tonnes per annum of food waste from the Shoalhaven region. In doing so, a commercial collection and small vehicle collection point will be established and the company's Nowra facility will be upgraded to include additional process control infrastructure. The enhanced facility will provide significant environmental benefits to current and future operations.

Tamworth Regional Council
Tamworth Regional Council Organics Recycling Facility (ORF)
$1,350,000

This project will expand council's organics recycling program, with a new, better located organics recycling facility that can process food, garden and other organic waste. A covered aerated static pile composting facility is proposed with increased capacity, potential to expand to 30,000 tonnes per annum and the ability to process category three organics. It will provide processing capacity for a future food and garden organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service while servicing the regions identified need for commercial category three organics.

Weston Aluminium Pty Limited
Weston Organics processing facility
$490,000

Weston Aluminium will establish a garden and food organics processing facility in Kurri Kurri to complement the Hunter Industrial Ecology Park's broader resource recovery operations. The facility will utilise an enclosed mobile aerated floor system and will divert 20,000 tonnes per annum of organic material from landfill, specifically commercially generated food and garden organics and domestic garden organics (drop-off). Weston Aluminium will draw upon the experience and expertise of C-Wise to ensure the project's success, and will sell quality composts, mulches and soil conditioners to local farmers, councils, the community and for mine rehabilitation as appropriate.

Stream 2: Business organics recycling

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Crescent Head Country Club

Crescent Head Country Club Food for Fairways

42,286

HealthShare NSW

Project 98

26,800

Mercy Services

Mercy organic resource reuse

47,000

Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)

SCC holistic waste management

100,803

Stix Catering Pty Limited

Stix farm project

91,500

University of Technology Sydney

On-site processing of organics at the University of Technology Sydney

201,900

6 projects totalling

$510,289

Crescent Head Country Club
Crescent Head Country Club Food for Fairways
$42,286

Crescent Head Country Club is already recycling beverage containers, paper and cardboard but, like many clubs, the largest part of its waste stream is food waste. This project will install food organics processing equipment on-site, making it a cost effective alternative to landfill disposal.

HealthShare NSW
Project 98
$26,800

According to a RMIT study, 98% of all food waste in food and beverage services in Australia goes to landfill. Project 98 is designed to help achieve a 98% reduction in food waste being diverted from landfill by trialling a New Food Service Delivery Model for patients in NSW hospitals. There are multiple strategies to help achieve this ambitious goal but one of them is to convert food waste into compost. Funding will be used to purchase and install an in-vessel composting system at Mona Vale hospital, as part of a trial and proof of concept.

Mercy Services
Mercy organic resource reuse
$47,000

Two 5000 litre concrete in-ground worm farms will be installed which will process all kitchen and garden waste on-site. The worm farms will eliminate all organic matter from waste to landfill. Promotion of the worm farm will be an inspiration for similar facilities and to staff and families connected with the Mercy Residential Aged Care Facility leading them to establish worm farms appropriate to their situations.

Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)
SCC holistic waste management
$100,803

This project incorporates four Southern Cross Care facilities across NSW. The teams at each facility are passionate sustainability champions. Each facility has reduced waste to landfill by increasing their recycling practices, and we now seek to extend recycling to food waste and garden organics. This project will divert 175 tonnes per year of organic wastes from landfill.

Stix Catering Pty Limited
Stix farm project
$91,500

Stix farming project will transform 100% of non-reusable food waste into a valuable, nutrient rich soil conditioner. Stix are passionate about food through the entire chain from soil to plate to waste to soil again.  This project will divert an estimated 118.5 tonnes of food waste from landfill annually and convert it into approximately 30 tonnes of soil conditioner which will be used to grow produce at the Stix farm. This project is ongoing and will reduce waste truck collections by 250 tonnes every year and reduce carbon emissions by 219 metric tonnes every year. It will dramatically reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and will inspire adoption of sustainable best practices across the food production industry.

University of Technology Sydney
On-site processing of organics at the University of Technology Sydney
$201,900

On-site organics recycling at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) aims to divert and sustainably manage 276 tonnes of food waste from landfill annually. The project will separate and compost uncontaminated food waste from 22 staff/student kitchens, public waste bins servicing 34,500 students, 11 cafes and five food outlets. The resultant nutrient rich soil will aim to be used for local parks/gardens by collaborating with the City of Sydney and Leichardt councils. UTS Design and Engineering students will develop design solutions for the project to help reduce contamination in food waste collection and meet the goal of 100% recycling of food waste at UTS.

Stream 3: Food donation

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Addison Road Centre for Arts, Culture, Community and Environment

Tucker and Land Justice Food Pantry

93,634

ALL

Best start school food project

98,350

Food Fairness Illawarra

Illawarra food recovery and distribution hub

396,663

Jesuit Social Services

Ignite food outreach

149,091

OzHarvest

Sydney north-west and schools food rescue expansion

110,728

Providential Homes Inc.

Food for the homeless community outreach

65,700

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

Tharawal food rescue/food panty pilot implementation plan

18,262

7 projects totalling

$932,248

Addison Road Centre for Arts, Culture, Community and Environment
Tucker and Land Justice Food Pantry
$93,634

This project will divert organic waste from local food outlets and manufacturers to hungry mouths. The centre's location creates a unique opportunity to address a cross-section of issues. The Inner West is a food oasis, with an abundance of businesses sending food waste to landfill. With a widening socio-economic gap between high-income and marginalised groups, and a severe shortage of food rescue and redistribution organisations, there's an acute need that we can meet. Local businesses are enthusiastic about helping to close this gap, while at the same time having a positive environmental impact and saving on disposal costs.

ALL
Best start school food project
$98,350

It is estimated one in seven children in NSW go to school without breakfast, making concentration and academic success difficult. In some schools in the Illawarra it is estimated one in two children go hungry. This project will help to redress this profound disadvantage by providing nutritious meals for students from food destined for landfill. We will create, through our two chefs and the help of volunteers, delicious and nutritious meals based on the fresh food available. The project aims to provide 100,800 meals per year including: breakfast, morning tea, lunch and evening meal for students for free. Initially we will start at Albion Park Rail Public School and then extend the program.

Food Fairness Illawarra
Illawarra food recovery and distribution hub
$396,663

The Illawarra food recovery and distribution hub uses a regional approach to bring together local agencies, charity organisations and businesses involved in the donation, rescue and distribution of food. By working collaboratively, the project will increase the food rescued in the region from 33 tonnes per week to 58 tonnes per week, providing more than 2600 sit down meals, 2500 food hampers and 2100 outreach meals. Overall, this project will result in the delivery of more than 7000 meals each week to families in the Illawarra region.

Jesuit Social Services
Ignite food outreach
$149,091

This project sources free fresh and packaged food which is surplus to the store suppliers and would have been directed to landfill. The food is redistributed to disadvantaged people in the western and parts of north-western suburbs of Sydney. The project has multiple food sources that donate to Ignite Food Store and donors include Harris Farm Markets, Sydney Care, Foodbank, Coles Second Bite, IGA, local primary and school can drives and North Sydney/Lavender Bay and Kirribilli parishes. The food is picked up from the designated sources regularly in the mornings and taken back to Ignite Food Store. This Store is important in supplying food for meals to the most disadvantaged of the local Blacktown, Campbelltown and Penrith communities. The funding from the grant will allow a new refrigerated truck and van which is estimated to provide an extra 215,000 meals.

OzHarvest
Sydney north-west and schools food rescue expansion
$110,728

The Sydney north west and schools food rescue expansion project aims to reduce food waste by 260 tonnes per annum and increase the amount of surplus food collected and redistributed to charitable agencies and schools for people in need. The project will support two additional refrigerated trucks within the region. Local food businesses including supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, markets and caterers will be engaged to donate their excess food, enabling more people to benefit from good food that would otherwise go to landfill.

Providential Homes Inc.
Food for the homeless community outreach
$65,700

Providential Homes takes good-quality food that would otherwise go to waste in landfill, and distributes it free of charge to homeless persons who are temporary emergency and transitional guests in Providential Homes accommodation, and also into the wider community. Currently Providential accommodates up to 170 persons and provides meals for up to 100 guests per day, however accommodation capacity is shortly to rise to 300. The Food for the Homeless Project will fund a refrigerated light truck and allow provision of meals for all 300 of our guests, and additional meals for the homeless and other disadvantaged persons not in our accommodation.

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
Tharawal food rescue/food panty pilot implementation plan
$18,262

Tharawal is located in south-western Sydney (one of the most disadvantaged regions in NSW) and is home to one of the largest Aboriginal populations in NSW. Tharawal, in conjunction with regional partners is looking to establish a food pantry/food rescue outlet to provide much needed support to the local Aboriginal community through the provision of food staples while simultaneously reduced food-based landfill. To establish this service, Tharawal and its partners are looking to implement a pilot program that will engage with the local food retailers (i.e. supermarkets, restaurants, food manufacturers) in order to establish requirements for a larger scale operation.

Stream 4: Home composting

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Eurobodalla compost revolution and worm farm work shops

21,475

1 project totalling

$21,475

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Eurobodalla compost revolution and worm farm work shops
$21,475

Eurobodalla's Compost Revolution and worm farm workshops will enhance our current successful home composting program. The worm farming workshops will provide an alternative to composting more suited to medium and higher density dwellings while Compost Revolution will provide a solution for busy working residents that do not have the time to attend a workshop. This enhanced delivery of training offers flexibility to work in with our residents learning styles and offers choice of the type of organic waste management. This program will focus on food waste avoidance and food waste composting and provide an opportunity for all residents to manage food and organic waste at home.

Page last updated: 31 May 2017