Three recycling bins, one blue for paper, one red for plastic and one green for glass

The Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes – Community Recycling Centres grants program is now open to applications. This program aims to establish a network of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) for householders to recycle and remove problem wastes. This will be achieved through upgrades to existing facilities, construction of new facilities, or development and trialling of innovative solutions where a fixed facility is not practicable.


Contestable grants of up to $200,000 per project will be available for infrastructure costs to construct a new facility or to upgrade an existing facility in priority areas, through the following funding ratios:

  • 100 per cent where infrastructure is built on publicly owned land or leased, and the application is from a state or local government authority.
  • 100 per cent where the application is from a not-for-profit organisation or a non-government organisation.
  • 50 per cent (dollar ratio of 1:1) where the infrastructure is built on privately owned land and/or the application is from private industry.

This is round four of the grants program, which will continue to collect ‘core’ problem waste items like paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and cooking oils, car and household batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes, and smoke detectors.  

Who can apply?

Grants are available to:

  • Not-for-profit organisations/non-government organisations(must comply with the ATO’s definition) with an established legal status, or those without a legal status must be able to be administered by another organisation.
  • NSW councils (as defined in the NSW Local Government Act).
  • Other local-government controlled organisations (or deemed to have the same local government function).
  • Private industry or partnership as defined under the Corporations Act.
  • Regional waste groups, Regional Organisations of Councils or Joint Organisations of Councils may apply and/or coordinate projects on behalf of one or several NSW councils within their regional group, provided each council nominates a contact person for the project.
  • State government entities.

Note: All applicants must be legally constituted entities and be organisations not individuals or sole traders.

Information session: 14 September 2017, 9.00am–3.00pm

This session will provide an overview of the program and advise applicants on how to apply, eligibility criteria and the application process.

Register for the information session

Closing date: 15 November 2017, 5.00pm

More information and to apply

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