This program aims to divert food and garden waste from landfill and redirect it to organics processing facilities. It complements the Organics Infrastructure – Processing grant program, which funds the establishment of processing facilities.
Organics Collections (Household stream) grants provide funding to implement new garden only, food only or combined food and garden organics kerbside collection services. The funding supports audits, community education and the purchase of infrastructure such as bins and kitchen caddies.
The Organics Collections (Household stream) grants program's objectives are to:
- increase the diversion of source separated food and garden waste from landfill
- support councils to transition from Alternative Waste Treatment (AWT) processing to source separated organics services
- increase expertise and experience in delivering organics collections in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs).
This program is being delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.
Before 2017, this program was called the Local Government Organics Collection Systems (LGOCS) grants program.
Grants of up to $1.3 million per project are available for:
- Introduction of a kerbside organics bin collection service for households that do not currently have a kerbside organics bin.
- Introduction of an enhanced kerbside organics service, i.e. households which currently have a kerbside organics bin for garden waste will now be able to recycle food waste.
- Expansion of kerbside organics collection services to include multi-unit dwellings (MUDs).
- Minimum 8-month trials of organics collection services in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs).
Applications may include both single-unit dwellings (SUDs) and MUDs, or separate applications may be submitted for each.
New or enhanced kerbside organics collection services for SUDs must be operational within 2 years of being awarded grant funding. MUD trials must be underway within 6 months.
Who can apply?
The following organisations are eligible to apply:
- individual NSW councils (as defined in the Local Government Act 1993)
- regional waste groups, regional organisations of councils and joint organisations of councils (these groups can apply for grants themselves or coordinate projects on behalf of one or more of their member councils, noting that each council must nominate a contact person for the project).
When can applications be made?
The Organics Collections (Household stream) program is now open. All applications for the 2021 round of the program must be made via the Trust's online Grants Management System (GMS). Please refer to the section below for more information.
It is recommended that you read the application guidelines and the GMS online portal user manual before beginning an online application.