Grants of up to $200,000 are now available to support innovative projects to develop markets for compost made from recycled food and garden waste.
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said the grants were designed to support community efforts to recycle food and garden wastes.
“Previous rounds of this grant program have provided $4.8 million to support 32 projects to expand markets for compost, including for use on sporting fields, roadside rehabilitation, vegetable crops, nut-tree crops, pastures and weed control,” Ms Goward said.
The grants are administered by NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of a $105.5 million program Organics Infrastructure Fund to get food and garden waste out of landfill and recycled into a beneficial product.
The funding helps promote the benefits of compost made from household food and garden waste, including from kerbside green lid bins.
The benefits include improved soil health, better water retention and increased crop yields.
The grants are part of a significant program of funding that is helping households to better manage food waste through avoidance, kerbside collections and new and improved infrastructure to improve product quality.
Applications are open until November 22, 2018 and are open to a wide range of eligible organisations, including business, councils and agricultural and industry associations.
An information webinar is being held on October 16, 2018 to assist potential applicants.