Up to $1.3M is available from Organics Collections Grants Program to support the collection of food and garden organic waste from households and businesses.

 

Organics Collections Grants Program

The Organics Collections grants program supports the collection of food and garden organic waste from households and businesses. This $10 million program is aimed at redirecting food and garden waste to organics processing facilities.

 

Background

The Organics Collections grants program (previously the Local Government Organics Collections grants program) has been running since 2013 and supports councils and business to collect source separated food only, garden only, or food and garden waste and divert it from landfill. The Household stream provides up to $1.3 million to councils to implement new garden only, food only or combined food and garden organics kerbside mobile garbage bin (MGB) services to single unit and multi-unit dwellings by assisting with audits, education and infrastructure such as bins and kitchen caddies. The Business stream is being introduced this year and provides up to $500,000 for business collections systems (refer to the separate Guidelines for Applicants and Application Form for the Household stream).

In 2010-11, 56 per cent of households in NSW had access to kerbside organics services. After completion of the first four rounds of this program, 70 per cent of households will have access to an organics service. That includes an additional 22 councils with weekly food and garden organics (FOGO) collections, four councils with fortnightly FOGO collections, and two councils which provide food only services to multi-unit dwellings (MUDs).

 

Objective

The objectives of this grant program are to increase the diversion of source separated household and business generated organics from landfill, resulting in less waste of resources and less greenhouse gas emissions from landfill. The program also aims to increase expertise and experience in delivering organics collections in MUDs.

 

Funding

There are 2 funding streams:

  • Business Stream – Grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 are available to cover up to 50% of costs relating to organics collection services to businesses.
  • Household Stream – Grants up to $1.3 million are available for the introduction of new kerbside organics collection services to households (including multi-unit dwellings).

 

Eligible Projects

Business Stream

Contestable grants are available for projects that:

  • Introduce new organics collection services to businesses
  • Expand on existing organics collection services to businesses.

Examples of items eligible for funding include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Expert advice to assist expansion of council’s household collection contracts to include collection of organics from businesses.
  • Accurate weighing devices on collections trucks to facilitate inclusion of business organics collections in household collections services.
  • Up to 10 per cent of the cost of collection trucks for transport of source separated organics, where data is provided as proof of organics collections for approximately two years.
  • Up to 50 per cent of the cost of infrastructure such as bins, trucks, lifters and on-site systems for collection and transport of source separated organics, where long term contracts (minimum 5 years) or other evidence of long-term commitment to the organics collection service is provided.
  • Detailed project planning and/or collection system design where the planning and design leads to a new or expanded collection system.
  • Redesign and/or configuration of waste management areas in large developments to facilitate centralised food waste collection for recycling.
  • Equipment to facilitate centralised collection of food organics recycling in large developments e.g. bin trailer and towing device.

Household Stream

Contestable grants are available for:

  • Introduction of a new kerbside organics bin collection service, i.e. households covered by the project did not previously have a kerbside organics bin.
  • Introduction of an enhanced kerbside organics service, i.e. households previously had a kerbside organics bin but will now be able to recycle food.
  • Expansion of kerbside organics collection services to include multi-unit dwellings.
  • Trial of organics collections services in multi-unit dwellings where the trial is for a minimum of eight months of collection.

Examples of items eligible for funding include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Up to $100,000 per project for communication and education activities involved in the new, enhanced or trial food, garden or combined food and garden collection.
  • Up to $40 (total cost delivered) per household for a MGB to a maximum of $1.2 million where additional organics bins are required.
  • Up to $10 per household for a kitchen caddy, if a new food only, or combined food and garden service is implemented or trialled.
  • Up to $20,000 towards waste composition audits of residual waste bins, where audit reports and raw data sheets are supplied to the EPA and used for design, implementation and monitoring of new or enhanced organics MGB collection systems across the local government area.
  • Up to $20,000 towards waste composition audits of organics bins, where audit reports and raw data sheets are supplied to the EPA and used for design, implementation and monitoring of new or enhanced organics MGB collection systems across the local government area.
  • Up to $40,000 for monitoring and contamination reduction activities for multi-unit dwellings. This may include visual and weight-based audits, bin tags programs etc. for MUDs trials or services tailored to MUDs.
  • Up to $5,000 for organics service bin bay signage in MUDs.
  • Up to $20,000 per building to a maximum of $100,000 for pre-processing equipment (e.g. dehydrator or storage tank for macerated food waste) for trials or services in MUDs where the pre-processed waste and resources are taken off site by truck for further processing. Note that equipment for MUD trials may be leased.
  • Up to $85,000 collection and processing costs for MUD trials in the Metropolitan Levy Area
  • A per-household contribution to the cost of kitchen caddy liner bags where a council is measuring householder satisfaction, diversion and contamination with and without liners.
  • Other costs directly associated with the roll out of new, enhanced or trial source separated organics services that are not listed as ineligible and that can be justified as a local requirement. Examples might include changing bin lid colours, bio inserts, compostable bin liners, larger bins, bin cleaning options, odour management options.

 

Eligible Applicants

Grants can be made to:

  • individual New South Wales councils (as defined in the Local Government Act 1993)
  • regional waste groups, regional organisations of councils and joint organisations of councils. These groups can apply for grants or coordinate projects on behalf of one or more of their member councils.

For Business Stream only, grants can be made to:

  • waste and recycling collection providers
  • large businesses with multiple sites in a small geographic area, where each site generates large quantities of food waste
  • property owners and managers who control the waste and resource-recovery services to commercial or mixed residential and commercial premises.

Organics Collections Grants Program encourage joint applications. Examples include:

  • councils working with their waste-service provider to establish a way of promoting and coordinating commercial waste collections as part of existing household collections
  • councils working together on regional solutions
  • large waste generators and commercial property owners working with waste-service providers to establish new long-term organics separation and collection systems
  • waste-service providers working with Bin Trim assessors to carry out a waste assessment and develop an action plan for a business.

 

Timing

Applications close 27 June 2019.

 

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