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Better Waste and Recycling Fund

Program snapshot

Category:  Dedicated funding for local councils and groups of councils

Amounts: Total of $70 million over four years

Eligible bodies: Local councils and regional groupings of councils in the levy-paying area

Contact:  1300 361 967 or wasteless.councils@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Ongoing process of participation

Aims

The Better Waste and Recycling Fund provides $70 million over four years to local councils to make it easier for their communities to recycle more and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Available to local councils and groups of councils that pay the waste levy, the fund supports a broad range of projects to improve recycling, engage communities, reduce waste generation, tackle littering and illegal dumping, and contribute to achieving the NSW recycling targets.

Developed in consultation with local councils, this program has streamlined administration that aligns with council priorities, planning and budgetary cycles. It will support longer-term strategic projects, individually tailored by local councils or groups of councils to meet their communities' needs.

Transition from WaSIP

The Better Waste and Recycling Fund replaces the Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment (WaSIP) program, as recommended by the KPMG review of the waste levy (PDF 724KB). To help them transition from the WaSIP program to Waste Less, Recycle More, local councils that pay the waste levy received a final payment under this program, totalling $38.7 million in June 2013.

How to apply

Please read the Better Waste and Recycling Fund guidelines (PDF 427KB)

Projects funded

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) distributed a total of $34.4 million to local councils in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 financial years, and $17.2 million in the 2015-16 financial year.

Local councils and regional groups of councils are using the Better Waste and Recycling Fund to support a broad range of projects to deliver improved waste and recycling outcomes for their communities.

2013-14 and 2014-15 projects and result areas

For an overview of each of the projects supported by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund, see the 2013-14 and 2014-15 projects summary (XLS 447KB).

The table shows funding by key result area. Note: organisations generally under-allocate.

Key result area Number of projects Funding amount
Avoid/reduce 61 $2,361,700
Recycling/diversion 198 $16,151,500
Managing problem wastes 35 $1,270,700
Tackling illegal dumping 61 $4,421,700
Tackling litter 39 $2,220,900
Supporting better practice 122 $7,824,500
Total 516 $34,251,000

For an overview of the project progress and outcomes achieved up to August 2015, see 2013-14 and 2014-15 projects outcomes summary (XLS 715KB).

2015-16 projects and result areas

For an overview of each of the projects supported by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund, see the 2015-16 projects summary (XLS 107KB).

This table shows funding by key result area. Note: total funding amount includes funding not allocated in previous year/s.

Key result area

Number of projects

Funding amount

Avoid/reduce

40

$1,088,773

Recycling/diversion

128

$7,479,255

Managing problem wastes

23

$1,009,986

Tackling illegal dumping

48

$2,759,671

Tackling litter

22

$1,770,881

Supporting better practice

66

$3,506,911

Total

327

$17,615,477

2016-17 projects and results area

For an overview of each of the projects supported by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund, see the 2016-17 projects summary (XLS 127KB).

This table shows funding by key result area. Note: total funding amount includes funding not allocated in previous year/s.

Key result area

Number of projects

Funding amount

Avoid/reduce

29

$873,293

Recycling/diversion

120

$6,716,180

Managing problem wastes

19

$836,817

Tackling illegal dumping

53

$3,059,873

Tackling litter

49

$2,245,043

Supporting better practice

86

$4,274,669

Total

356

$18,005,875

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Regional Delivery Team
Phone: (02) 9995 6892
Email: wasteless.councils@epa.nsw.gov.au

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Page last updated: 13 March 2017