Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres

The Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres grants program is currently closed to applications.


This program is a 9-year, $14.35 million grants program aimed at establishing a network of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) for householders to recycle and remove problem wastes. This will be achieved through upgrades to existing facilities, construction of new facilities, or development and trialling of innovative solutions where a fixed facility is not practicable.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and NSW EPA. Additional information can be found on the EPA website


Contestable grants of up to $200,000 per project will be available for infrastructure costs to construct a new facility or to upgrade an existing facility in priority areas, through the following funding ratios:

  • 100% where infrastructure is built on publicly owned land or leased, and the application is from a state or local government authority.
  • 100% where the application is from a not-for-profit organisation or a non-government organisation.
  • 50% (dollar ratio of 1:1) where the infrastructure is built on privately owned land and/or the application is from private industry.

Round 4 of the grants program 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. However, this round was 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.  

Who can apply?

Grants are available to:

  • Not-for-profit organisations/non-government (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or those without a legal status must be able to be administered by another organisation.
  • NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act).
  • Other local-government controlled organisations (or deemed to have the same local government function).
  • Private industry or partnership as defined under the Corporations Act.
  • Regional waste groups, Regional Organisations of Councils or Joint Organisations of Councils may apply and/or coordinate projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominates a contact person for the project.
  • State government entities.

Note:  all applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations not individuals or sole traders.

Three early start CRCs were established as demonstration sites to inform, provide support and assist other councils considering establishing a CRC in their community. The case studies provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a CRC. To download the case studies, visit the EPA website.


The planning and reporting templates for Community Recycling Centre grantees are provided below (A quick link for downloading the forms is also available on the right-hand column of the main page). Grantees should refer to their Letter/Deed of Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

Project measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Milestone Report Communicates your project’s progress and achievements as set agreed milestones during the project.
Final Report Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of expenditure A statement of expenditure is required with each milestone and final report.

Past recipients

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.

Round 2 allocated $5,166,602 to 25 councils and 6 regional waste groups (representing 33 councils) to establish 36 Community Recycling Centres, eight of which will incorporate mobile collection services to outlying areas.

Round 1 allocated $4,581,547 to 29 councils and 2 regional waste groups (representing 6 councils) to establish 34 Community Recycling Centres and 2 mobile collection services.

Page last updated: 15 December 2017