Grants worth $1.3 million offered to councils

Applications for grants worth up to $1.3 million have commenced for local councils across NSW to introduce and enhance kerbside organic bin collection services.

For the first time, councils will also be able to apply for funding to trial organics collection services in apartment buildings.

The grants are being delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Protection Agency and the NSW Environmental Trust.

EPA Unit Head Organics, Amanda Kane said the grants provided local councils with an opportunity to cover the costs of upfront infrastructure like bins and kitchen caddies to introduce food and garden waste collections to residents.

“These grants provide the chance to make a real difference when it comes to diverting food and garden waste from landfill.

“Previous projects have provided new or improved green lid kerbside collection services to 500,000 more homes in NSW to transform an estimated 100,000 tonnes of waste into high quality compost each year.

“Apartment buildings pose a unique set of challenges such as lack of space for bins, so we are excited to offer funding to councils who want to find solutions,” Ms Kane said.

NSW Environmental Trust Director Peter Dixon said that the trust was pleased to offer the first of three new rounds of funding for organics collections under the Waste Less, Recycle More Extension.

“There is $10 million in grants available over three rounds under this program, in addition to the $16.9 million already allocated.”

Applications close on 18 May 2017.

For more information on the organics collections grants and webinar visit the EPA website.