Scot MacDonald
FUNDING FOR ORGANIC WASTE IN THE HUNTER
3rd Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government has opened Round 6 of the Organics Infrastructure grants program, with grants of up to $3 million available to reuse and recycle food and garden waste. 

Applications are now open to councils, waste companies and not-for-profit organisations who have plans for projects that can tackle the organic and green waste that ends up in landfill.

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants are funded by the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority together with the Environmental Trust.

The NSW Government is now inviting applicants to submit their proposals under three different grant streams:

  • Organics Processing Infrastructure -up to $3 million for infrastructure for food and garden waste processing infrastructure
  • Food Donation Infrastructure –up to $500,000 available to not-for-profit organisations for equipment to collect, store and redistribute surplus food to people in need
  • Product Quality – up to $500,000 for equipment to improve recycled organics product quality

These grants have already funded projects that have made a positive impact on local communities. Five previous rounds have allocated $45 million to 86 projects.

Mr MacDonald said the grants gave councils and community groups the chance to fund projects that could make a real difference when it came to organic waste.

“From saving good food from waste and tackling food insecurity in our state, to building the infrastructure to turn garden waste into compost – these grants are designed to tackle organic food waste from every angle,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This is a significant amount of money that will go to projects that will make a direct change to organic waste in our state.”

Applications close 30 August 2018.

The EPA is hosting a webinar on 26 July 2018 to assist potential applicants. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit the EPA website http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/organic-large-small.htm