This $10 million program is aimed at redirecting food and garden waste to organics processing facilities. It complements our Organics Infrastructure – Organics Processing grants program, which funds such facilities.
The Organics Collections program funds
- the introduction or expansion of green-lid bin services
- kitchen caddies
- education programs to change behaviour.
Collection services funded under this program must:
- collect waste that was currently going to landfill
- transport the waste to a licensed treatment facility (e.g. for conversion to compost or to generate energy).
We’re delivering the program in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
Up to 2017 this program was called the Local Government Organics Collection Systems (LGOCS) grants program.
There are 2 funding streams.
Grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 are available to cover up to 50% of costs relating to organics collection services to businesses.
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 are eligible if the trial runs for at least 8 months.
Who can apply?
Both streams (businesses and households)
Grants can be made to:
- individual New South Wales 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.
Business stream only
Grants can be made to:
- waste and recycling collection providers
- large businesses with multiple sites in a small geographic area, where each site generates large quantities of food waste
- property owners and managers who control the waste and resource-recovery services to commercial or mixed residential and commercial premises.
Examples of joint applications
We encourage joint applications. Examples include:
- councils working with their waste-service provider to establish a way of promoting and coordinating commercial waste collections as part of existing household collections
- councils working together on regional solutions
- large waste generators and commercial property owners working with waste-service providers to establish new long-term organics separation and collection systems
- waste-service providers working with Bin Trim assessors to carry out a waste assessment and develop an action plan for a business.
When can applications be made?
Program is currently open to applications.