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

Grant programs

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 program is a four-year state-wide $11.35 million 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.

Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management

The Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management grant program is a three year $8.5 million program aimed at 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.

Innovation in Shredder Floc Management

The Shredder Floc Management grants program was aimed at improving and introducing new approaches and technologies to reduce the residual waste produced by the metal recycling sector (called shredder floc) currently being disposed of at landfills.

The program was designed to assist the three metal recycling companies operating in NSW: Sims Metal Management, OneSteel and Sell & Parker. Proposed grants were considered on the basis of their ability to reduce the amount of shredder floc produced as part of the metal recycling activity by increasing resource recovery options. The three metal recyclers were encouraged to work in partnership with industry associations or tertiary or research organisations, where this would assist in achieving the goals of the program. This targeted program has now been discontinued and merged with the Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management Grants Program under the Recycling Innovation Fund.

Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements

The Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements program will provide $7 million to fund consolidation, closure and environmental improvements of landfills. The grants apply to council areas in the Regional Regulated Area and the Non-Regulated Area. This includes licensed and unlicensed landfills in those areas. The grants do not apply to the Sydney Metropolitan Area and Extended Regulated Areas.

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.

Love Food Hate Waste

The Love Food Hate Waste program (previously known as Food Waste Avoidance Education) 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.

Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure

The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure 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.

Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small)

The four-year Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small 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.

Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement

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.

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: 03 February 2017