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NSW grants now open: Organics Collections

The NSW EPA announced Round 9 of the Organics Collection Household stream grant program which aims to divert food and garden waste from landfill and redirect it to organics processing facilities.

The NSW EPA’s Round 9 – Organics Collections (Household stream) is now open for applications. This stream of the Organics grants program complements the Organics Infrastructure – Processing grant program and supports the collection of food and garden organic waste from households.

Organics Collections (Household stream) grants provide funding to implement new garden only, food only or combined food and garden organics (FOGO) kerbside collection services. The funding supports audits, community education and the purchase of infrastructure such as bins and kitchen caddies.

  • Applications close 5pm Thursday, 28 October 2021
Eligible applicantsProject RequirementsFunding per Applicant

NSW Councils,

Groups of NSW Councils
– Funds new or improved local council household kerbside collection services for food and garden organics, including collection systems for GO, FO or FOGO.
– Total of $12.1 million.
– Increase the diversion of source separated food and garden waste from landfill.
– Support councils to transition from AWT processing to source separated organics services.
– Increase expertise and experience in delivering organics collections in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs).
– Minimum 8-month trials of organics collection services in MUDs.
See Guidelines for further details.
Individual grants of up to $1.3 million.

What will be funded?
– Up to $100,000 per project for communication and education activities
– Up to $40 (total cost delivered) per household for a MGB to a
maximum of $1.2 million (where a household did not have an organics bin previously
– Up to $10 (total cost delivered) per household for a kitchen caddy if a new food only, or combined food and garden service is trialled or implemented
– Up to $20,000 towards waste composition audits of residual waste bins
– Up to $40,000 for monitoring and contamination reduction activities for MUDs
– Up to $15,000 for organics service bin bay signage in MUDs
– Up to $20,000 per building to a maximum of $100,000 for pre processing equipment for trials or services in MUDs
– Up to $85,000 for collection and processing costs for MUD trials in the Metropolitan Levy Area
– A per-household contribution to the cost of kitchen caddy liner bags where a council is measuring householder satisfaction, diversion and contamination with and without liners and providing this information to the EPA (via the Trust)
– Other costs directly associated with the rollout of new, enhanced or trial source separated organics services from households and businesses

What will not be funded?
– Replacement/repair of existing residual mobile garbage bins
Remote frequency identification technology (RFID)
– Projects where the recycled organics do not meet the general resource recovery framework
– Organics collection and processing costs
– Ongoing operational costs
– Trials and pilots in SUDs
– Retrospective funding
– Leased pre-processing equipment
– Other (see Guidelines for further details)

MRA has submitted more than 290 grant applications to date, winning more than $80m in funding for our clients.

We can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success and can assist by: 

  • Preparing grant proposals on your behalf;
  • Reviewing grant proposals; 
  • Source equipment providers;
  • Provide costings on infrastructure;
  • Prepare the business case; and 
  • All of the necessary financial feasibility analysis requirements.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact Doris McDonald-Seaton on or on 0408 384 440 or or on (02) 8541 6169.


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