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Firms urged to apply for final food waste diversion grants

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The fourth and final round for ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ grants to reduce food waste in New South Wales is now open.

Interested parties must submit their applications by 14 June for the funding, which is offered as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative delivered in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA NSW).

Councils, community groups and not-for-profits can apply for financial support to reduce and recycle food waste. EPANSW Chair and CEO, Barry Buffier said $470, 000 is available for local councils, NGOs, and community groups to raise awareness of food waste in NSW households and businesses.

“Each year in NSW, 800,000 tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill from households and 170,000 tonnes from business, which is why these grants that help to reduce food waste are so important,” Mr Buffier said. “Now in this fourth and final round I encourage any councils who have not yet applied and who have projects that can be completed by June 30 next year to put in an application.”

The NSW Government has been working steadily to meet its goal to divert 75 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2021. As the state’s households throw away an average of $1,000 of food a year, food waste avoidance initiatives can help divert more material from landfill.

Applications for this round of funding close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 14 June. More information about Waste Less, Recycle More and how to apply for a Love Food Hate Waste grant is available from the EPA NSW website.

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