This is a $14.35 million program aimed at establishing a network of community recycling centres for householders across NSW to recycle and remove problem wastes. The centres will be create through upgrades of existing facilities or construction of new facilities. Where a fixed facility is not practicable, development and trialling of innovative solutions have been proposed.
This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and NSW Environment Protection Authority under Waste Less, Recycle More. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.
We’re delivering this program in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
We offer grants of up to $200,000 per project for infrastructure costs to build a new facility or upgrading an existing one.
100% of infrastructure costs can be provided if
- the infrastructure is built on publicly owned land or leased and the applicant is a state or local government body
- the applicant is a not-for-profit or non-government organisation.
50% of infrastructure costs can be provided if
- the infrastructure is built on privately owned land
- the applicant is a commercial organisation (private industry).
Who can apply?
Grants can be made to:
- not-for-profit or non-government organisations (as defined by the Australian Taxation Authority) with an established legal status
- not-for-profit or non-government organisations without a legal status that can be administered by another organisation
- NSW local councils (as defined in the Local Government Act 1993) in certain areas (see below)
- other organisations controlled by local government or deemed to have a local-government function
- private industry or a partnership as defined by the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
- regional waste groups, regional organisations of councils or joint organisations of councils. These bodies may make applications or coordinate projects on behalf of one or more NSW councils in their regional group, as long as each council nominates a contact person for the project
- state government entities.
In the most recent round of grants (2017), funding was available only for community recycling centres in these NSW local government areas:
- Canterbury Bankstown
- Central Coast
- Goulburn Mulwaree
- The Hills
- Lake Macquarie
- North Sydney
- Northern Beaches
- Wagga Wagga
- Yass Valley.
Note: All applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations not individuals or sole traders.
Early in the program 3 community recycling centres were established as demonstration sites to inform, provide support and assist other organisations considering establishing a centre in their local area. The case studies provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a centre. To download the case studies, visit the EPA website.
Priority area applicants who are applying for funding under the Improved Systems for Household Problem Waste (CRC) grant program can also apply to the EPA to access an advisory service. The EPA has engaged the services of a qualified contractor to provide advice and guidance to potential grantees on a range of planning, design and site selection issues. Requests for assistance under the CRC Advisory Service are available until 3pm Friday, 10 May 2019.