Organics Infrastructure: Stream 2 - Business Organics Recycling

Business Organics Recycling is a stream of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program. This funding helps businesses better manage and/or avoid organic waste on site.

This program is currently closed.

Program streams

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has 5 streams:

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

The Home Composting stream is no longer offered.

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is 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.


The Business Organics Recycling stream provides funds for businesses, government institutions and not-for-profit organisations to:

  • avoid generating food waste
  • reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill by improving on-site management.

Funding available

Grants were 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.

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Businesses/Private industry
  • Local government
  • Not-for-profit organisations (as defined by the ATO)
  • Universities, prisons, TAFEs and other government institutions.

All applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations, not individuals or sole traders. Waste and organics processing companies are not eligible under this stream.

Not-for-profit organisations incorporated under Section 111K of the Corporations Act 2001 must provide proof of their non-profit status.

When can applications be made?

This program is currently closed.

Grantees are sent their project measures table with their executed funding agreement. The project measures table helps you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress. In this way, 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. Your report is also reviewed by the Environmental Trust to ensure that expenditure is on track and in accordance with the agreed budget. After we've reviewed and accepted your report we’ll pay your next grant instalment.

When your project is finished you’ll have to submit a final report that outlines 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 with each of your milestone reports. Grantees are sent their financial spreadsheet with their executed funding agreements. You will 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

Please email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

You are required to acknowledge the funding you've received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. Use the wording below:

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the NSW Government logo. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • In 2019 (round 4) a total of $1,153,469 was allocated to 5 projects.
  • 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