Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes - Community Recycling Centres grants program

This program is currently closed to applications.


This is a $14.35 million program aimed at establishing a network of community recycling centres for householders across NSW to recycle and remove problem wastes. The centres will be created through upgrades of existing facilities or construction of new facilities. Where a fixed facility is not practicable, development and trialling of innovative solutions have been proposed.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and NSW Environment Protection Authority 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 per cent where the infrastructure is built on publicly owned land or leased, and the application is from a state or local government authority.
  • 100 per cent where the application is from a not-for-profit organisation or a non-government organisation.
  • Up to 50 per cent where the infrastructure is built on privately owned land or the application is from private industry.

In 2017 the grants program continued to target the collection of ‘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 community recycling centres 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 NSW demonstrated that there is a major gap in the community recycling centre network within the Sydney metropolitan area, and notable gaps in some regional centres. The above priority LGAs were identified as optimal locations for future community recycling centres.  

Who can apply?

Grants were available to:

  • Non-government or not-for-profit organisations (must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or without a legal status but is being 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 could apply or coordinate projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominated 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 community recycling centres were established as demonstration sites to inform, provide support and assist other organisations considering establishing a centre in their local area. The case studies provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a centre. To download the case studies, visit the EPA website.

Example guidelines and application forms

This program is closed to applications. The forms and documents below are for information purposes only.


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 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 Reports on expenditure to date for each milestone and final report. The Statement of Expenditure should be built on for each milestone and the final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries are available for the awarded projects to date. The program has delivered the following funding rounds:

  • In 2017, a total of $992,218 was allocated to 5 councils.
  • In 2015, a total of $1,707,710 was allocated to 10 councils.
  • In 2014, a total of $5,166,602 was allocated to 25 councils and 5 regional waste groups representing 33 councils in total. These projects aim to establish 36 community recycling centres, eight of which will incorporate mobile collection services to outlying areas.
  • In 2013, a total of $4,581,547 was allocated to 29 councils and 2 regional waste groups representing 34 councils in total. These projects aim to establish 34 community recycling centres and 2 mobile collection services.
Page last updated: 20 August 2018