Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres

The Community Recycling Centres grants program helps create and upgrade community recycling centres that can deal with problem wastes from households.

This program is currently closed to applications.


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.

Funding available

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:

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • The Hills
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lake Macquarie
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Ryde
  • Shellharbour
  • Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Waverley
  • Wollondilly
  • Woollahra
  • 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.

Advisory Service

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.

Project measures table

Use the project measures table template (XLSX 53KB) to help you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress, so that 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 (XLSX 16KB) with all your milestone reports. You also need to submit a certified financial report as 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 EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the logos of the NSW Government and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • 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