Organics Infrastructure: Stream 2 - Business Organics Recycling

Business Organics Recycling is one of the streams of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program. It helps businesses handle their organic waste on site.

This program is currently closed to applications.

Program streams

The $54 million Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has 4 streams:

  1. Organics Processing Infrastructure
  2. Business Organics Recycling (this page)
  3. Food Donation
  4. Product Quality

A previous stream, Home Composting, is no longer offered.

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is delivered through a partnership between the Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.


The Business Organics Recycling stream is for businesses whose core activities do not include organics recycling. It helps businesses tackle their waste by funding:

  • organics management measures
  • on-site processing or pre-processing equipment.

Funding available

Grants are available for:

  • businesses and local councils – from $75,000 to $500,000, to cover up to 50% of project costs
  • not-for-profit organisations and government agencies – from $135,000 to $500,000, to cover up to 90% of project costs.

Business case advisory service

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) offers a business case advisory service. This can help you complete some of the application documents, such as the financial analysis and the cost-benefit analysis. The service is free.

Your business case is a key component of your application and highlights the feasibility of your infrastructure project. You don’t have to use the advisory service but we encourage you to do so.

To apply you must submit a business case advisory service application (DOCX 243KB) to the EPA.

Who can apply?

Grants can be made to:

  • businesses and private industry
  • NSW local councils (as defined in the Local Government Act 1993)
  • other organisations controlled by local government or deemed to have a local-government function
  • 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
  • universities
  • prisons
  • TAFE (Technical and Further Education)
  • other government institutions.

When can applications be made?

This program is currently closed for applications.


Use the project measures table (XLSX 69KB) 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 report 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 2016 (round 3) a total of $850,904 was allocated to 3 projects.
  • In 2015 (round 2) a total of $510,289 was allocated to 6 projects.
  • In 2014 (round 1) a total of $340,267 was allocated to 2 projects.

Project summaries