Organics Collections

This grants program is currently closed to applications.


The Organics Collections grants program follows 4 rounds of the Local Government Organics Collection Systems grants program rolled out under Waste Less, Recycle More 2013-17, which allocated around $17.45 million to 42 projects to divert organic waste from landfill. The Organics Collections grants program is a 3-year $10 million grants program under the Waste Less, Recycle More 2017-21 Extension, which will continue to provide funding to support new or enhanced household kerbside collection services for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste.

Grants of up to $1,300,000 were made available for bins, kitchen caddies and education for councils (or groups of councils) to introduce new or enhanced kerbside organics bin collection services. Funding was also available for trials and system roll outs for source separated organics collections in multi-unit dwellings.

A service is considered to be new if the household did not have access to the bin based service before the awarding of the grant. A service is considered to be enhanced if the household previously received an organics bin based service for garden waste and will now be able to divert food.

All projects incorporate an education/communication strategy which will be supported with funding as part of the overall grant up to a maximum of $100,000.

The new or enhanced service must be in place no later than 30 June 2021. 

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the Trust and the EPA under the Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure fund. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.


Contestable grants of up to $1.3 million per project were available for:

  • Introduction of a new kerbside organics bin collection service, i.e. the households covered by the project did not previously have a kerbside organics bin.
  • Introduction of an enhanced kerbside organics service, i.e. the households previously had a kerbside organics bin but will now be able to recycle food.
  • Expansion of kerbside organics collection services to include multi-unit dwellings.
  • Trial of organics collections services in multi-unit dwellings where the trial is for a minimum of eight months of collection.

Who can apply?

Grants under the first round of this program were available to all NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act). Regional Waste Groups, Regional Organisations of Councils or Joint Organisations of Councils were able to apply and/or coordinate projects on behalf of one or a number of NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominated a contact person for the project.


The reporting templates for Organics Collections grantees are provided below (A quick link is also available on the right-hand column of the main page). Grantees should refer to their Deed/Letter 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 5 allocated $2,011,127 to 7 councils.
  • Round 4 allocated $1,656,231 to 4 councils.
  • Round 3 allocated $3,514,306 to 7 councils.
  • Round 2 allocated $5.8 million to 10 councils for new organics collection services.
  • Round 1 allocated $6.5 million to 21 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents.

Example guidelines and application forms

This program is closed to applications. The forms and guidelines below are for information purposes only.

More information

Page last updated: 22 December 2017