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.
The Organics Collections program funds
- the introduction or expansion of green-lid bin services
- kitchen caddies
- education programs to support and encourage behaviour change.
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 as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. 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.
There are 2 funding streams, which are:
Grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available to cover up to 50% of costs relating to organics collection services to businesses.
Grants up to $1.3 million were 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?
Both streams (businesses and households)
The following organisations are eligible to apply to both streams:
- 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).
Business stream only
The following organisations are also eligible to apply to the Business stream:
- 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 welcome joint applications. Some examples include:
- councils working with their waste-service provider to promote and coordinate 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 or businesses to implement suggested actions as per their Bin Trim action plan.
When can applications be made?
This program is currently closed.