Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants. Funding of up to $3 million is available under stream one, with four other streams offering grants of up to $500,000.
What is the funding for?
Grants are open across five streams:
- Stream 1. Organics Processing Infrastructure – grants of up to $3 million to increase the capacity to process source separated organics from households and businesses
- Stream 2. Business Organics Recycling – grants up to $500,000 for businesses (whose core activities do not include organics recycling). Funding is available for organics management measure and on-site processing or pre-processing equipment.
- Stream 3. Food Donation Infrastructure– grants of up to $500,000 for fridges, freezers, vans and other equipment to enable food relief agencies to rescue surplus food for redistribution to people in need
- Stream 4. Product Quality – grants of up to $500,000 for equipment to improve the quality of recycled organic product.
- Stream 5. Transfer Stations – grants of up to $500,000 to fund up to 50% of capital costs to establish new or upgrade existing transfer stations for food and/or garden organics.
Eligibility – who can access this grant?
The grants are open to councils, waste companies and not-for-profits to fund infrastructure to reuse or recycle source separated food and garden waste that would otherwise go to landfill. Funding is also available for infrastructure that will improve product quality.
How do I apply?
Four webinars will be held on 17 July 2019 to provide information to applicants.
- 10am: Stream 1 Organics Processing Infrastructure and Stream 4 Product Quality
- 11am: Stream 2 Business Organics Recycling
- 1pm: Stream 3 Food Donation Infrastructure
- 2pm: Stream 5 Transfer Stations
Applications are open until Thursday, 29 August 2019. For guidelines, application forms and to register for the webinars and please visit the EPA website.
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Armidale Regional Council
Armidale organics processing expansion project – $208,400
As part of Armidale Dumaresq Council’s winning Resources Recovery and Waste Management program, council’s City to Soil program has seen organic-waste collection programs service over 10,000 homes in Armidale, diverting 2300 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. With the merging of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councils to form Armidale Regional Council, this project will enable the extension of the service to the entire Armidale Regional Council area, diverting organic waste from landfill by reaching an additional 1250 households and supporting local businesses’ initiatives to reduce their waste.
Hunter Valley composting and processing facility – $496,512
The Loop Organics composting and processing facility is an organics processing facility located within a former mine site in the Hunter Valley. The facility will process biosolids, food and garden organics and other organic wastes from the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney to create a valuable, high-quality topsoil. This product will be used in rehabilitation of former coal-mining areas into productive agricultural use and native vegetation.
Muswellbrook Shire Council organics recycling facility – $500,000
This project will expand the council’s organics recycling program, with the development of an organics recycling facility (ORF) located at Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility. The ORF will be developed with the capacity to process up to 10,000 tonnes per annum of food and garden organics (FOGO). This project will provide processing capacity for a future FOGO kerbside collection service for both Muswellbrook Shire and surrounding councils because no alternative facility with this capability currently exists in the region.
Summerhill Organics Recycling Facility – $1,500,000
This project will expand council’s organics recycling program, with the establishment of an organics recycling facility (ORF) that can process food and garden organic (FOGO) waste. A partially enclosed aerated static pile (ASP) composting facility is proposed with a design capacity of 35,000 tonnes per annum with potential for increased capacity and the ability to process category 3 organics. It will provide the necessary processing capacity for a FOGO kerbside collection service for the Newcastle local-government area. While 2 facilities of this type are being developed, no alternative facility exists with this capability in the region.
NSW Health: diversion and avoidance of food organics in hospitals – $500,000
This project will enable HealthShare NSW, the not-for-profit shared services organisation within the government health sector, to assess the installation of 5 on-site food-organics processing technologies across metro, regional and rural hospitals. HealthShare’s Food and Patient Support Services serve 22 million meals in 155 hospitals across New South Wales every year and currently 11,358 tonnes per annum of general waste is disposed of in landfills, 80% of which is organics.
SCC organics recycling – $20,904
This project will provide commercial-scale worm farms to 4 Southern Cross Care facilities across NSW. The teams at each facility are passionate sustainability champions. Each facility has reduced waste to landfill by increasing its recycling practices, and now seeks to extend recycling to food waste and garden organics through commercial-scale worm farms.
Crows Nest food waste diversion and composting centre – $330,000
The Crows Nest Food Waste Recycling project will enable food waste from the large number of restaurants and cafes that operate in Crows Nest to be collected daily and processed in a nearby food dryer. Each week the dried food will be removed for composting, improving the amenity of Crows Nest by reducing the amount of food in general waste bins and enabling it to be recycled into a beneficial product.
For more past recipients see EPA NSW.