Waste Less Recycle More Initiative grant programs


The Waste Less Recycle More Initiative is a mix of Environmental Trust and EPA programs that support and complement each other. They will provide a comprehensive approach to improve the management of waste materials throughout the NSW economy.

For more detailed information about the initiative, please visit the EPA's Waste Less Recycle More web page.


The NSW Government has extended the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative until 2020-21. Over 9 years, this initiative will allocate $802 million to stimulate new investment and transform waste and recycling in NSW. It includes grant programs for local government, business, industry and the community, delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Grant programs

The contestable grant programs to be rolled out by the Trust under the extension to Waste Less Recycle More are:

Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres

The Community Recycling Centres program has been allocated an additional $3 million for community recycling centres or similar mobile services. This will be achieved through upgrades to existing facilities, construction of new facilities, or development and trialling of innovative solutions where a fixed facility is not practicable.

Recycling Innovation
(formerly Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management)

The Recycling Innovation program has an additional $4.5 million to support innovative projects that will provide new recycling infrastructure solutions, establish (or expand) recycled material markets through research and development, and improve and introduce new approaches and technologies to increase the efficiency of recycling facilities for the wastes listed in the Environment Protection Authority’s ‘priority problem wastes’ list.

Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements

The Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements program has a further $5 million to support regional and rural local councils with landfill consolidation and closure, the building and upgrading of transfer stations and environmental improvements to small landfills servicing rural communities.

Organics Collections
(formerly Local Government Organics Collection Systems)

The Organics Collections program has been provided with an additional $10 million to support the implementation of new or enhanced household kerbside collection services for organic waste. This includes collection systems for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste.

Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure

The Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure program has been allocated a further $25 million to accelerate and stimulate investment in waste and recycling infrastructure and increase resource recovery to meet the NSW 2012 recycling targets.

The program is designed to fund major resource recovery facilities in levy paying areas of NSW and which primarily process materials from these areas.  Proposed grants will be considered based on their ability to increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses in a cost-effective manner.

Organics Infrastructure (large and small)

The Organics Infrastructure (large and small) program has a further $14 million to support a broad range of small and large infrastructure projects that recover garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste from households and businesses.  Four funding streams are available:

Deed of agreement

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a performance-based Deed of Agreement (DOA) that will be signed by both the Trust and the successful applicant. Applicants will have up to 30 days to sign the Deed, if it is not signed within the specified period the offer will lapse. Once the DOA is signed, funding will be provided in advance. The Trust will monitor the progress of projects and on completion, a Final Report will be required along with an independently certified Statement of Expenditure, these forms are available on the relevant grants program page together with sample deed of agreement and letter of agreement documents.

Past grant programs

The following programs are no longer on offer.  Please use the links below for details on the programs and past recipients.

Love Food Hate Waste

The Love Food Hate Waste program (previously known as Food Waste Avoidance Education) is a 4-year $1.4 million education grants program which aims to raise awareness of the food waste issue and to provide households and businesses with simple actions they can implement to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW. An integral part of this is supporting food waste avoidance education initiatives of partner organisations such as councils, council groups, non-government organisations and community groups through grant funding.

Innovation in Shredder Floc Management

The Shredder Floc Management grants program was aimed at improving and introducing new approaches and technologies to reduce the residual waste produced by the metal recycling sector (called shredder floc) currently being disposed of at landfills. The program was designed to assist the three metal recycling companies operating in NSW: Sims Metal Management, OneSteel and Sell & Parker. Proposed grants were considered on the basis of their ability to reduce the amount of shredder floc produced as part of the metal recycling activity by increasing resource recovery options. The 3 metal recyclers were encouraged to work in partnership with industry associations or tertiary or research organisations, where this would assist in achieving the goals of the program. This targeted program has now been discontinued and merged with the Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management Grants Program under the Recycling Innovation Fund.

Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) - Home Composting

The Organics Infrastructure (large and small) - Stream 4 Home Composting grants programs has been discontnued.  This stream supported compost bins and/or worm farms to enhance council organics waste management and home composting programs.

Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement

The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement program is a 4-year $9.65 million grant program aimed at stimulating and accelerating investment to enhance existing recycling facilities.

Page last updated: 18 June 2018