Local government organics collection systems grants program

Program is currently closed to applications.

Aim of the program

The Local Government Organics Collection Systems program is a four year $16.22 million grants program. It provides funding for NSW councils to implement new or enhanced household kerbside collection services for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste.  Through four funding rounds a total of $17.45 million was allocated to 42 projects*.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the Trust and the EPA under the Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure fund. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.

* some successful projects may have resolved to decline the grant offer or withdrew their project.

Round 4

Grants of up to $1,300,000 were available for bins, kitchen caddies and education for councils to introduce new or enhanced kerbside organics bin collection services.

A service was considered to be new if the household did not have access to the bin based service before the awarding of the grant. A service was considered enhanced if the household previously received an organics bin based service for garden waste and will now be able to divert food.

All projects incorporate an education/communication strategy which will be supported with funding as part of the overall grant up to a maximum of $100,000.

The new or enhanced service must be in place no later than 30 June 2017.

Grants awarded

In Round 4 the Environmental Trust awarded funding to four projects totalling $1,656,231. The list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2016 grant summaries page.

Previous funding

  • Round 3 allocated $3,514,306 to seven councils. The list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2015 grant summaries page.
  • Round 2 allocated $5.8 million to ten councils for new organics collection services. The list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2014 grant summaries page.
  • Round 1 allocated $6.5 million to 21 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents. The list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2013 grant summaries page.

Example forms and guidelines

The program is currently closed to applications. The forms and guidelines below are for information purposes only.

 Opening dateClosing dateForms
(One stage process)
Closed Closed

2016 Guidelines for Applicants

(PDF 448KB)


Project Plan Definitions

(PDF 178KB)


Project Plan Form

(DOCX 232KB)


Application Budget

(XLS 176KB)


Application Form

(PDF 493KB)

Further information

For applications enquiries, please contact the Environmental Trust program manager:

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

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

Phone: (02) 9995 6876; or
Email:   Sian.McGhie@epa.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 07 December 2016