The NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Environmental Trust are calling for applications for funding for organics waste and recycling infrastructure.

Round 2 of the $41 million Organics Infrastructure program is open, with grants between $25,000 and $5 million available to build or supply infrastructure needed to divert food and garden organic waste from landfill.

Applications are invited from local councils, industry, business and not-for profits.

EPA organics manager John Harley said the aim of the program was to increase the capacity in NSW to divert food and garden waste from landfill or process it for reuse as compost.

“About 1.2 million tonnes of organic waste currently goes to landfill every year in NSW,” Mr Harley said.

“We want to support projects that will see good food being donated to those in need, boost composting or worm farming at home or build the infrastructure needed to process more food and garden organic waste for reuse as compost.”

Applications are invited across four streams, including a new stream for business and other organisations that generate a lot of food waste to buy equipment to process it on site.

The four streams are:

  • Food and Garden Organics Processing: For new and enhanced infrastructure to process food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and/or businesses
  • Business Organics Recycling: For localised equipment for processing organics onsite at large businesses and not-for-profit institutions, like prisons, universities and aged care;
  • Food Donation: To fund infrastructure to facilitate the collection and redistribution of edible food waste from businesses to people in need and
  • Home Composting: Funds small infrastructure like compost bins and/or worm farms to enhance council organics management and home composting programs

The program is part of the NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More, a five year $465.7 million package to transform waste and recycling in NSW.

Applications are open until Tuesday 16 December 2014.