The contestable grant programs to be rolled out by the Trust under the extension to Waste Less Recycle More are:
Community Recycling Centres
The Community Recycling Centres program has been allocated an additional $3 million for community recycling centres or similar mobile services. 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.
(formerly Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management)
The Recycling Innovation program has an additional $4.5 million to support innovative projects that will provide new recycling infrastructure solutions, establish (or expand) recycled material markets through research and development, and improve and introduce new approaches and technologies to increase the efficiency of recycling facilities for the wastes listed in the Environment Protection Authority’s ‘priority problem wastes’ list.
Regional Landfill Consolidation
(formerly Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements)
The Regional Landfill Consolidation program has a further $5 million to support regional and rural local councils with landfill consolidation and closure, the building and upgrading of transfer stations and environmental improvements to small landfills servicing rural communities.
(formerly Local Government Organics Collection Systems)
The Organics Collections program has been provided with an additional $10 million to support the implementation of new or enhanced household kerbside collection services for organic waste. This includes collection systems for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste.
Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure
The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure program has been allocated a further $25 million to accelerate and stimulate investment in waste and recycling infrastructure and increase resource recovery to meet the NSW 2012 recycling targets.
The program is designed to fund major resource recovery facilities in levy paying areas of NSW and which primarily process materials from these areas. Proposed grants will be considered based on their ability to increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses in a cost effective manner.
The Organics Infrastructure program has a further $14 million to support a broad range of small and large infrastructure projects that recover garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste from households and businesses.