GRANTS of between $5,000 and $5 million from the State Government to reduce food and organic garden waste going to land fill are now open for applications from businesses, local councils and not-for-profit organisations, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall is encouraging locals to apply for the funding and said it would encourage organisations to invest in the infrastructure and equipment needed to increase on-site processing of organic waste, with grants of up to 50 per cent of costs for businesses and up to 90 per cent for not-for-profits.
“This a great opportunity for the region to secure a large amount of funding to help transform how we manage organic waste, reduce waste going to landfill, and ultimately give something back to the community,” Mr Marshall said.
The local MP said the funding was part of the NSW Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, transforming waste management and recycling across NSW.
“All organisations managing food, garden or other green waste are encouraged to take part in this program and contribute to help reduce the 1 million tonnes of organic waste that going landfill in NSW every year,” Mr Marshall said.
As part of this grant, applications can be made for four streams:
Stream 1 – Food and Garden Organics Processing for new and enhanced infrastructure for households or businesses;
Stream 2 – Business Organics Recycling funds for infrastructure for large businesses, institutions and organisations;
Stream 3 – Business Organics Recycling to fund the collection and redistribution of edible food waste; and
Stream 4 – Home Composting funds for small scale infrastructure like compost bins or worm farms.
Applications close on 1 December 2015.
For more information, visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/organic-large-small.htm