The NSW EPA has opened applications for the fourth round of its ‘Love Food Hate Waste grants’, aimed at projects to reduce food waste in NSW.
The program is being delivered in partnership with the Environmental Trust, as part of the $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More program.
EPA Chair and CEO, Barry Buffier said $470, 000 is available for local councils, NGOs, and community groups to raise awareness of food waste in NSW households and businesses.
“Each year in NSW, 800,000 tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill from households and 170,000 tonnes from business, which is why these grants that help to reduce food waste are so important,” Mr Buffier said.
“Now in this fourth and final round I encourage any councils who have not yet applied and who have projects that can be completed by June 30 next year to put in an application.”
Buffier said the Love Food Hate Waste education program, is part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce organics waste across NSW.
“The Government has been working steadily to meet the ambitious target to divert 75 percent of all waste from landfill by 2021,” he said.
“When NSW households waste, on average, over $1,000 a year on food which is thrown away, food waste avoidance initiatives can make a big difference in the amount of household waste being recovered and recycled in NSW rather than dumped.”
Environmental Trust Senior Manager Grants, Peter Dixon, said applications for this round of funding close at 5pm on Tuesday 14 June 2016.
“The Trust has a long history in working with Local Government, non-government organisations and community groups in tackling waste, recycling and sustainability issues.
“This program is a great continuation of that, with the EPA and Trust working together to fund projects to educate and inform NSW households and businesses on ways to reduce food waste.”
The Love Food Hate Waste grants are delivered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Environmental Trust in partnership as part of Waste Less, Recycle More, a five year initiative that is transforming waste management and recycling in NSW.