Waste Less Recycle More Initiative - Grant Programs

Aim of the program

The Waste Less Recycle More Initiative is a mix of Environmental Trust and EPA programs that support and complement each other. They will provide a comprehensive approach to improve the management of waste materials throughout the NSW economy.

For more detailed information about the initiative, please visit the EPA's Waste Less Recycle More web page.


In 2012, the NSW Government announced the five-year $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative to stimulate new investment and transform waste and recycling in NSW. It included grant programs for local government, business, industry and the community.

Waste Less Recycle More has now been extended until 30 June 2021. A further $337 million is being invested in waste and recycling infrastructure and services with $61.5 million of this allocated to six contestable grant programs that will be managed by the Environmental Trust.

Grant programs

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.

Recycling Innovation
(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.

Organics Collections
(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.

Organics Infrastructure

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.

Deed of agreement

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a performance-based Deed of Agreement (DOA) that will be signed by both the Trust and the successful applicant. Applicants will have up to 30 days to sign the Deed, if it is not signed within the specified period the offer will lapse. Once the DOA is signed, funding will be provided in advance. The Trust will monitor the progress of projects and on completion, a Final Report will be required along with an independently certified Statement of Expenditure.

Example deed of agreement and letter of agreement documents are available on the Grant assessment webpage.

Who to contact

For application assistance, please contact the Environmental Trust:

Phone:   (02) 8837 6093;
Email:     waste.recycling@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

For general program related issues or questions, please contact the EPA:

Phone:   (02) 9995 6881
Email:     wasteless.recyclemore@epa.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 05 April 2017