Organics Collections

The Organics Collections grants program is now open to applications.  Applications close 3pm, Thursday 28 June 2018.

Purpose

The Organics Collections grants program (previously the Local Government Organics Collection Systems grants program) is a 3-year $10 million grants program under the Waste Less, Recycle More 2017-21 Extension which provides funding to support new or enhanced household kerbside collection services for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste. Under this program, the new or enhanced service must be in place no later than 30 June 2021. 

A Business stream has now been added to the Organics Collections grants program to encourage and support new collections services to transport source separated organics waste from businesses to organics resource recovery processing facilities.

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.

Funding

Business stream

Contestable grants between $10,000 and $500,000 are available, covering up to 50% of eligible items for projects that:

  • Introduce new organics collection services to businesses.
  • Expand on existing organics collection services to businesses.

The food waste must be currently landfilled and the new or expanded collection service must involve the transportation of source separated commercial and industrial food waste to a licensed treatment facility to be converted into a higher quality resource such as compost or electricity.

Household stream

Contestable grants of up to $1.3 million per project are available for:

  • Introduction of a new kerbside organics bin collection service, i.e. the households covered by the project did not previously have a kerbside organics bin.
  • Introduction of an enhanced kerbside organics service, i.e. the households previously had a kerbside organics bin but will now be able to recycle food.
  • Expansion of kerbside organics collection services to include multi-unit dwellings.
  • Trial of organics collections services in multi-unit dwellings where the trial is for a minimum of 8-months of collection.

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

Who can apply?

Both streams (business and households)

All NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act) can apply for grants under both streams.

Regional Waste Groups, Regional Organisations of Councils or Joint Organisations of Councils can also apply and/or coordinate projects on behalf of one or a number of NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominated a contact person for the project.

Business stream only

Grants are available to:

  • Waste and recycling collection providers.
  • Large businesses with multiple premises in a small geographic area where each site is generating large quantities of food waste.
  • Property owners and managers who control the waste and resource recovery services to commercial or mixed residential and commercial premises.

Joint grant applications are encouraged, for example:

  • Councils working with their waste service provider to establish an equitable method of promoting and facilitating commercial waste collections as part of existing household collections.
  • Councils working together to facilitate regional solutions.
  • Large waste generators and commercial property owners working with waste service providers to establish new long-term organics separation and collection systems.
  • Waste service providers working with Bin Trim assessors that have carried out a waste assessment and developed an action plan for a business.

Webinar

A webinar will be available to assist businesses and councils on how to apply for the new business stream, the eligibility criteria and program objectives.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Please register your attendance via the EventBrite website.

Guidelines and application forms

Reporting

The reporting templates for Organics Collections grantees are provided below (a quick link is also available on the right-hand column of the main page). Grantees should refer to their Deed/Letter of Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

FormPurpose
2018 Businss stream - Organics Collections Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
2018 Household stream - Organics Collections Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Pre-2017 LGOCS Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Milestone Report Communicates your project’s progress and achievements as set agreed milestones during the project.
Final Report Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of Expenditure A statement of expenditure is required with each milestone and final report.

Past recipients

Organics Collections

  • Round 5 allocated $2,011,127 to 7 councils.

 

Local Government Organics Collection Systems

  • Round 4 allocated $1,656,231 to 4 councils.
  • Round 3 allocated $3,514,306 to 7 councils.
  • Round 2 allocated $5.8 million to 10 councils for new organics collection services.
  • Round 1 allocated $6.5 million to 21 councils to provide new organics collection services to their residents.

More information

Page last updated: 21 May 2018