Grants of up to $2 million each are now open for projects that increase processing capacity for food and garden organics, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced.
Eligible projects must build, upgrade or expand organics processing infrastructure for source separated organics, such as 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.
EPA Organics Manager Amanda Kane said decomposing waste contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, while 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,” Ms Kane said.
“That’s almost two million tonnes of food and garden waste every year.
“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.”
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The grants support the NSW Government’s commitments to halve the amount of organic waste sent to landfill and reach net zero emissions from organic waste in landfill by 2030.
A total funding pool of $6.25 million is available through the Environmental Trust, as part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
Individual grants of between $25,000 and $2 million are available.
This round of grant funding includes an allocation of $2.75 million from the Alternative Waste Treatment (AWT) Transition package to help industry switch from mixed waste processing to source separated.
Eight previous rounds of the Organics Infrastructure (large and small) grants have allocated more than $46 million to 100 projects. Together these projects have increased source separated organics processing capacity in NSW by 500,000 tonnes a year.
Previous grantees have processed organics into quality compost for use in landscaping, agriculture, native vegetation and horticulture.
Applications are open to local councils and business until 5pm, Thursday 21 October 2021