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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 February 2013, the NSW Government announced the five-year $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative in response to the findings of the independent review of the waste levy. The initiative is made up of:

$250 million Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Package, consisting of:

  • $70 million Organics Infrastructure Fund
  • $70 million Community Recycling Centre Fund
  • $60 million Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund
  • $35 million Business Recycling Fund
  • $15 million Recycling Innovation Fund

$137.7 million Supporting Local Communities Fund, including:

  • $38.7 million Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment Transition Fund
  • $70 million Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund
  • $13 million Regional Local Government Fund
  • $9 million Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Fund
  • $7 million Regional Landfill Consolidation Fund

$58 million Illegal Dumping Fund

$20 million Litter Fund

Funding announcements

The Trust recently announced successful applicants for the following 2013 grants:

Details of grants awarded can be accessed by selecting the relevant program from the side menu.


The NSW Environmental Trust and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are working together to deliver the following programs:

Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres

The Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes – Community Recycling Centres is a four-year state-wide $11.35 million grants program aimed at establishing infrastructure that will be used 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.

Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program

The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program is a four-year $9.65 million grant program aimed at stimulating and accelerating investment to enhance existing recycling facilities.

Local Government Organics Collection Systems

The Local Government Organics Collection Systems program is a four-year $16.22 million grants program aimed at assisting councils to implement new or enhance existing household kerbside collection services for organic waste. This includes collection systems for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste.

Food Waste Avoidance Education Grants (Love Food Hate Waste)

The Food Waste Avoidance Education (Love Food Hate Waste) is a four-year $1.4 million education grants program which aims to raise awareness of the food waste issue and to provide households and businesses with simple actions they can implement to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW. An integral part of this is supporting food waste avoidance education initiatives of partner organisations such as councils, council groups, non-government organisations and community groups through grant funding.

Organics Large and Small Infrastructure Grants Program

The four-year Organics Infrastructure Large and Small grants program aims to support a broad range of small and large infrastructure and equipment that reinforces the outcomes of other components of the Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative.

Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program

The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program is a $43.1 million program over four years 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.

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.

Who to contact

For application assistance, please contact the Trust program manager on (02) 8837 6093 or email at info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au.

For general program related issues or questions, please contact the EPA on (02) 9995 6881 or email at wasteless.recyclemore@epa.nsw.gov.au.

Further information sources

EPA:  Waste Less Recycle More

Love Food Hate Waste

Household Chemical CleanOut

Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collections Manual

Support for sustainability

Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

Australian Green Infrastructure Council

Green Infrastructure



Page last updated: 27 May 2014