Improved systems for household problem wastes - community recycling centres

The Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres grants program is currently closed to applications.


This is a nine-year, $14.35 million grants program aimed at establishing a network of community recycling centres (CRCs) for householders to recycle and remove problem wastes. 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.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and NSW EPA under Waste Less, Recycle More. Additional information can be found on the EPA website


Grants of up to $200,000 were available for infrastructure costs to construct a new facility or to upgrade an existing facility in priority areas, through the following funding ratios:

  • 100% where infrastructure is built on publicly owned land or leased, and the application is from a state or local government authority.
  • 100% where the application is from a not-for-profit organisation or a non-government organisation.
  • Up to 50% (dollar ratio of 1:1) where the infrastructure is built on privately owned land and/or the application is from private industry.

Round 4 of the grants program continued to collect ‘core’ problem waste items such as paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and cooking oils, car and household batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes, and smoke detectors. However, this round was only available for CRCs located in the following priority local government areas (LGAs):

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • The Hills
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lake Macquarie
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Ryde
  • Shellharbour
  • Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Waverly
  • Wollondilly
  • Woollahra
  • Yass Valley
A review of service coverage across the state has demonstrated that there is a major gap in the CRC network within the Sydney metropolitan area, and notable gaps in some regional centres. The above priority LGAs have been identified as optimal locations for future CRCs.  

Who can apply?

Grants were available to:

  • Not-for-profit organisations/non-government (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or those without a legal status must be able to be administered by another organisation.
  • NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act).
  • Other local-government controlled organisations (or deemed to have the same local government function).
  • Private industry or partnership as defined under the Corporations Act.
  • Regional waste groups, Regional Organisations of Councils or Joint Organisations of Councils who can apply and/or coordinate projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominates a contact person for the project.
  • State government entities.

Note:  all applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations not individuals or sole traders.

Early in the program three CRCs were established as demonstration sites to inform, provide support and assist other organisations considering establishing a CRC in their local area. The case studies provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a CRC. To download the case studies, visit the EPA website.


The reporting templates for grantees are provided below (a quick link for downloading the forms is also available on the right-hand column on this web page). Grantees should refer to their Letter/Deed of Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

Project measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Milestone Report Communicates your project’s progress and achievements at set agreed milestones during the project.
Final Report Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of expenditure A statement of expenditure is required with each milestone and final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries are available for the awarded projects.

  • Round 4 - 2017 allocated $992,218 to 5 councils
  • Round 3 - 2015 allocated $1,707,710 to 10 councils
  • Round 2 - 2014 allocated $5,166,602 to 25 councils and 6 regional waste groups
  • Round 1 - 2013 allocated $4,581,547 to 29 councils and 2 regional waste groups


Example guidelines and application forms

This program is closed to applications.  The forms and documents below are provided as references only.

Application Guidelines (PDF 599KB)

Project Plan Definitions (PDF 187KB)

Application Budget (XLSX 205KB)

Application Form (PDF 670KB)

Page last updated: 18 June 2018