Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres

The Community Recycling Centre grants program funds the establishment and upgrade of community recycling centres to better manage problem wastes from households.

This program is currently closed to applications.


This $14.35 million program is aimed at establishing a network of community recycling centres for householders across New South Wales to dispose of and recycle problem wastes. The centres will be provided through the upgrade of existing facilities or the construction of new facilities. Where a fixed facility is not feasible, development and trial of innovative solutions may be considered.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and the Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Division (ECCS, formerly EPA) of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.

Funding available

The program offered grants of up to $200,000 per project for infrastructure costs to build a new facility or upgrade an existing one.

100% of infrastructure costs may be provided if either

  • the infrastructure is built on publicly owned or leased land 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 may be provided if either

  • the infrastructure is built on privately owned land
  • the applicant is a commercial organisation (private industry).

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Not-for-profit or non-government organisations (as defined by the Australian Taxation Office) 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 (Cwth).
  • 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 this round 5 (2019), the following local government areas of identified need were given priority for funding:

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Ryde
  • Sutherland
  • The Hills
  • Waverley
  • Wollondilly
  • Woollahra

Note: All applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations, not individuals or sole traders.

At the program outset 3 community recycling centres were established as demonstration sites to inform and support other organisations who might be considering establishing a centre in their area. Case studies can be downloaded from EPA website, and provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a centre.

Project measures table

Grantees are sent their project measures table with their executed funding agreement. The project measures table helps you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress. In this way, you can quickly check how you're tracking and record your achievements.

You’ll need to update and submit the project measures table every time you report on your project’s progress.

Progress reports and final report

As you move through your project you’ll have to submit milestone (progress) reports. These will outline what you’ve achieved and what you’ll do next.

Milestone reports are reviewed by technical experts who ensure you’re on the right track and give you feedback or advice. After your report is reviewed and accepted we’ll pay your next grant instalment.

When your project finishes you’ll have to submit a final report that says what it has achieved.

Use the milestone reporting form (DOCX 75KB) and final reporting form (DOCX 75KB) for these reports.

Financial reports

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each of your milestone reports. Grantees will be sent their financial spreadsheet with their executed funding agreements. You will need to submit a certified financial report as a part of your final report.

Other documents

You may also have to submit some other documents or evidence. They’ll be listed in the grant agreement we send you.

Where to send reports

Email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

Please acknowledge the funding you’ve received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. We ask that you say:

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the NSW Government logo. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • In 2019 (round 5) a total of $1,125,625 was allocated to 6 councils.
  • In 2017 (round 4) a total of $992,218 was allocated to 5 councils.
  • In 2015 (round 3) a total of $1,707,710 was allocated to 10 councils.
  • In 2014 (round 2) a total of $5,166,602 was allocated to 25 councils and 6 regional waste groups.
  • In 2013 (round 1) a total of $4,581,547 was allocated to 29 councils and 2 regional waste groups.

Project summaries