Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements grants program

This program is now open to applications. Applications close 3pm Thursday, 14 March 2019.


This is a $13 million program to assist regional and rural councils to address identified environmental issues posed by landfill activities.  It aims to address current issues facing regional and rural landfills including end of life, site security and access, separation of materials and overall supervision.  The program also contributes to minimising adverse impacts on human health as well as the environment through improving overall landfill operations.

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


Grants of up to $200,000 are available to cover up to 75% of costs to consolidate, close and improve landfills and transfer stations. The remainder of the costs (minimum 25%) must be covered by the applicant’s financial or in-kind contributions and these costs must be clearly identified in the application budget.

The application can cover multiple landfills and transfer stations up to a maximum of $200,000. Multiple applications from eligible applicants will be accepted. Applicants may apply to both Stream 1 and Stream 2 (a separate application form is required for each stream).

Who can apply?

Organisations in the Regional Levy Area (RLA) and the Non-Regulated Area (including licensed and unlicensed landfills in those areas) are eligible to apply and these include:

  • NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act).
  • Regional waste groups, Regional Organisations of Councils or Joint Organisations of Councils who could apply or coordinate the project on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominated a contact person for the project.

Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist.


The reporting templates for grantees are provided below (a quick link is also available on the right-hand column of 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 $1,839,540 was allocated to 15 projects:

  • Under Stream 1: $1,516,244 was allocated to 12 projects
  • Under Stream 2: $323,296 was allocated to 3 projects


In 2015, a total of $2,997,830 was allocated to 26 projects:

  • Under Stream 1: $1,457,916 was allocated to 10 projects
  • Under Stream 2: $1,539,914 was allocated to 16 projects


In 2014, a total of $3,831,542 was allocated to 34 projects:

  • Under Stream 1: $1,889,366 was allocated to 14 projects
  • Under Stream 2: $1,942,176 was allocated to 20 projects.
Page last updated: 11 December 2018