Organics Collections grants program

This program is currently closed to applications.


This is a $10 million program (previously the Local Government Organics Collection Systems grants program) which supports kerbside food organic and garden organic (FOGO) waste being collected from households and businesses to reduce the amount of this waste going into red-lid bins. By introducing or expanding green-lid bin services, providing kitchen caddies and educating new behaviours, this program supports communities to redirect FOGO waste to organics processing facilities.

The Organics Collections grants program complements our Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants program Stream 1 Organics Processing Infrastructure as the supply of FOGO waste from these kerbside collections can go to organics processing facilities being constructed.

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


Business stream

Introduced in 2018, grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available to cover up to 50% of costs relating to organics collection services to businesses. The food waste collected had to be currently landfilled and the collection service had to transport source separated commercial and industrial food waste to a licensed treatment facility to be converted into a higher quality resource such as compost or electricity.

Household stream

Grants of up to $1,300,00 were available for organics collection services to households including multi-unit dwellings. For example, introducing a new kerbside organics bin collection service that did not previously have a kerbside organics bin, or expanding kerbside organics collection services to include multi-unit dwellings.

Trial of organics collections services in multi-unit dwellings could also be funded but the trial had to be for a minimum of 8-months of collection.

Part of this grant (up to $100,000) could be used to fund an education and communication plan which was required by all applicants to incorporate into their project. 

Who can apply?

Both streams (business and households)

Grants were available to:

  • 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 projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominated a contact person for the project.

Business stream only

Grants were also available to:

  • Waste and recycling collection providers.
  • Large businesses with multiple premises in a small geographic area where each site is generating large quantities of food waste.
  • Property owners and managers who control the waste and resource recovery services to commercial or mixed residential and commercial premises.

Joint grant applications were encouraged, and some examples included:

  • Councils working with their waste service provider to establish a way of promoting and coordinating commercial waste collections as part of existing household collections.
  • Councils working together to facilitate regional solutions.
  • Large waste generators and commercial property owners working with waste service providers to establish new long-term organics separation and collection systems.
  • Waste service providers working with Bin Trim assessors (from the EPA) that have carried out a waste assessment and developed an action plan for a business.

Example guidelines and application forms

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

Business streamHousehold stream

Guidelines for Applicants
(PDF 524KB)

Guidelines for Applicants
(PDF 567KB)

Application Budget
(XLS 150KB)

Application Budget
(XLS 153KB)

Application Form
(PDF 460KB)

Application Form
(PDF 593KB)


The reporting templates for grantees are provided below (a quick link for downloading the forms 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.

2018 Business stream - Organics Collections Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
2018 Household stream - Organics Collections Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Pre-2017 LGOCS 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 2018, a total of $369,420 under the Business Stream was allocated to 3 projects.
  • In 2018, a total of $4,562,966 under the Household Stream was allocated to 7 councils.
  • In 2017, a total of $2,011,127 was allocated to 7 councils.
  • In 2016, a total of $1,656,231 was allocated to 4 councils.
  • In 2015, a total of $3,514,306 was allocated to 7 councils.
  • In 2014, a total of $5,805,566 was awarded to 10 councils.
  • In 2013, a total of $6,519,811 was awarded to 21 councils.
Page last updated: 05 December 2018