Organics market development grants open: EPA NSW

NSW businesses, councils, agricultural associations and project communicators can now apply for the second round of grants to promote the benefits of compost into new markets.

NSW businesses, councils, agricultural associations and project communicators can now apply for the second round of grants to promote the benefits of compost into new markets.

Grants worth up to $300,000 are available to provide funding for projects that will build markets for compost made from household food and garden waste, including material collected from kerbside bins.

Example projects that are eligible for funding include showcasing compost benefits to farmers, demonstrating benefits to soil health, or improving market confidence by promoting the high standard of modern compost quality.

Previous rounds of grants have already funded projects that have demonstrated how compost builds resilient turf on sporting fields and improves soil health on farms in Sydney and the Riverina.

EPA Unit Head Organics Amanda Kane said the grants gave business, councils and agricultural associations the chance to deliver projects that could make a real difference when it came to organic waste.

“From saving good food from being wasted and addressing food insecurity in our state, to increasing NSW capacity to process more collected green waste, we’re tackling organics waste from every angle,” Ms Kane said.

“This funding is helping to build strong, viable markets for a quality recycled product and supports other programs to increase supply through more collections and infrastructure to build the capacity of the industry in NSW to process more.”

The grants are being delivered through the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

Applications close 28 March, 2018.

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AORA Victoria Seminar

20 October 2016
Shepparton, Victoria

The theme of this one-off AORA event is “Getting the most from compost on farm”. The seminar will feature international guest speaker Ron Alexander, from the USA, who will be presenting on his experience in the composting industry and working with end markets in the promotion and use of compost.

Attendance must be confirmed with vicadmin@aora.org.au before Friday 14 October.

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AORA National Conference 2017

10-12 May 2017
Adelaide, SA

The dates have just been announced for the  2017 Australian Organics Recycling Association Annual Conference.

This is the main event for those working in or connected with the organics recycling sector. This year’s renewal will include: marketing and sales training sessions, tours, a full day conference, and its annual gala dinner and awards.

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