This 8-year $27 million program is aimed at redirecting food and garden waste to organics processing facilities. It complements our Organics Infrastructure – Organics Processing grant program, which funds the establishment of processing facilities.
In March 2020, an additional $12.5 million was announced for the Household Stream to support councils impacted by the EPA’s decision to no longer allow land application of Mixed Waste Organics Outputs (MWOO). A total of $16 million is available in this round, with $3.5 million of that available to non-affected councils.
The Organics Collections program funds
- the introduction or expansion of green-lid bin services
- kitchen caddies
- education programs to support and encourage behaviour change
- trial of organics collections services in multi-unit dwellings (MUDS).
Collection services funded under this program must:
- collect waste that is currently going to landfill
- transport the waste to a licensed treatment facility (e.g. for conversion to compost or to generate energy).
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. Additional information can be found on the EPA website.
Up to 2017, this program was called the Local Government Organics Collection Systems (LGOCS) grants program.
Grants up to $1.3 million are available for the introduction of new kerbside organics collection services to households (including multi-unit dwellings). These can be new services or expanded ones. Trial collection services in multi-unit dwellings were eligible if the trial ran for at least 8 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 or coordinate projects on behalf of one or more of their member councils).
- councils impacted by the Mixed Waste Organics Outputs (MWOO) decision are eligible for the $12.5 million pool available through the Alternative Waste Treatment (AWT) Transition Package.
- non-affected councils are eligible to apply for the remaining $3.5 million of the total $16 million available in this round.
When can applications be made?
This program is now open. All applications for the 2020 round of the program are to be made via the Trust's new online Grants Management System (GMS). Please refer to the section below.
We recommend that you read the application guidelines and the GMS online portal user manual before completing your online application.
Online Grants Management System
The Grants Management System (GMS) has been purpose built to manage the whole of the grant process online, from application through to grant acquittal and project evaluation.
If your application for funding is successful, you will need to use the GMS to lodge documents related to the project such as work plans, variations, progress reports and final reports.
For further guidance on the GMS please download the Grants Management System Online Portal User Manual.