Waste Less Recycle More Initiative - Grant Programs
Call for applications
The Environmental Trust and EPA are now calling for applications to the second tranche of grant programs under the Waste Less Recycle More Initiative. Applications opened on 17 December 2013 and close on Friday 7 March 2014.
The first tranche opened on 7 November 2013 and closed on Monday 3 February 2014, with the exception of the Food Waste Avoidance Education program which closes on Friday 28 February 2014.
Each program on offer is detailed below with links to their relevant page with application forms and guidelines.
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 through 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:
$58 million Illegal Dumping Fund
$20 million Litter Fund
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) where it 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.
To prepare for the DOA in advance, please refer to the sample document.
Who to contact
For application assistance, please contact the Trust program manager on (02) 8837 6093 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general program related issues or questions, please contact the EPA on (02) 9995 6881 or email at email@example.com.
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
Page last updated: 12 February 2014