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Waste and recycling

Community Recycling Centre Program

Program snapshot

Category: Improved systems for household problem wastes

Amounts: Total of $11.35 million in grants infrastructure funding with individual grants of up to $250,000; and up to $300,000 to trial innovative solutions.

Eligible bodies: Councils, not-for-profits, private sector.

Contact: 1300 361 967 or

Status:  Round 3 closed on 2 July 2015.

Managed by: NSW Environmental Trust


The four-year $70 million Improved Systems for Household Problem Wastes program supports the Community Recycling Centre Fund, with grants to establish community recycling centres or similar mobile services for household problem waste.

It aims to establish a network of centres and services to make it easy and convenient for people across NSW to recycle or safely dispose of wastes like paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and cooking oils, car and household batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes, and smoke detectors.

Funding is available for upgrades to existing community recycling centres, construction of new facilities or development and trialling of innovative solutions where a fixed facility is not practicable.

The program also aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them.

Past recipients

Round 1 allocated $4,581,547 to 29 councils and two regional waste groups (representing six councils) to establish 34 Community Recycling Centres and two mobile collection services. View Round 1 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Round 2 allocated $5,166,602 to 25 councils and six regional waste groups (representing 33 councils) to establish 36 Community Recycling Centres, eight of which incorporate mobile collection services to outlying areas. View Round 2 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Round 3 allocated $1,707,710 to 10 councils to establish 10 Community Recycling Centres. The funding will be used for new developments as well as the enhancement of existing facilities. View Round 3 successful project summaries on the NSW Environmental Trust website.

Community Recycling Centre case studies

Three early start Community Recycling Centres were established as demonstration sites to inform, provide support and assist other councils considering establishing a Community Recycling Centre in their community. The case studies provide helpful tips and suggestions for those considering developing a Community Recycling Centre.

Download the case studies

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Community Recycling Unit
Phone: (02) 9995 6889

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Page last updated: 23 November 2015