Grants of up to $2 million each are now open for eligible projects that increase the processing capacity for food and garden waste in New South Wales (NSW).
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced the grants, saying that eligible projects must improve organics processing infrastructure for source separated organics.
The total $6.25 funding pool will be available through the Environmental Trust, which forms part of the NSW’s Government’s Waste Less Recycle More program.
Examples of eligible projects include facilities that will process kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) into compost or convert food only waste into animal feed or energy through anaerobic digestion.
Individual grants of between $25,000 and $2 million are available, with this round of funding following eight previous rounds of organics infrastructure grants which have allocated more than $46 million to 100 projects.
EPA says that these projects have increased the states capacity for source separation organics processing by 500,000 tonnes annually.
EPA Organics Manager Amanda Kane said keeping organic waste out of landfill can help to reduce emissions.
“In NSW, more than a third of the waste we send to landfill each year is food,” Kane said. “Rotting food and garden waste generates methane in landfill, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. But processing infrastructure can turn this organic waste into a valuable resource, such as compost or animal feed.”
This round of funding includes an allocation of $2.75 million from the Alternative Waste Treatment Transition package to help industry switch from mixed waste processing to source separated.
Applications are open until 5pm, Thursday 21 October 2021.