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Funding and grants

Queensland Food Waste for Healthy Soils Program

The Queensland Government is partnering with the Australian Government to deliver the Queensland Food Waste for Healthy Soils Program.

The Queensland Government is committing up to $11 million to the Program over four years.

The aims of the program are to:

  • support projects that divert nutrient-rich organic material from landfill
  • increase the quantity and improve the quality of recycled organic material
  • develop sustainable markets for high-value compost and soil conditioners.

Who is eligible for funding

The program is open to private industry, local governments and state funded water corporations who have projects that divert organic material from landfill and produce outputs that can be safely used on soils.

Funding will need to be at least matched by the applicant, on a minimum 1:1:1 basis between the Australian Government, Queensland Government and the applicant. Projects with a higher applicant contribution will be more competitive.

The Australian Government will assess applications in two rounds:

  • Round 1 applications due: 5 December 2021
  • Round 2 applications due: 25 February 2022

Application process

Information about eligible projects, costs, application requirements and funding arrangements is available in the Program Guidelines (PDF, 345 KB) .

Applications must include detailed data template (XLSX, 59 KB) for your project and submit it with your application.

Applications will be assessed by the Queensland Government and, if supported, submitted to the Australian Government for their consideration. If an application is not awarded funding by the Australian Government, the Department of Environment and Science (Department) may consider alternative funding arrangements.

Applications can be made through the Department’s SmartyGrants portal.

Before preparing your application, we encourage you to review the recognised entity report for composters in Queensland, and associated model operating conditions and best practice environmental management for organic material processing by composting:

For more information or to discuss your project, please contact the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs team via phone (07) 3330 5164 or email wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au

Regional and Remote Recycling Modernisation Fund

The Queensland Government is partnering with the Australian Government to deliver the Regional and Remote Recycling Modernisation Fund (RRRMF).

The RRRMF provides funding for infrastructure and equipment projects in regional Queensland that recover or recycle material that is or will be subject to waste export bans including:

  • plastics
  • mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard
  • unprocessed glass
  • whole used tyres.

Grants of up to $500,000 will be available for local governments, and their industry partners, to improve the viability of sorting, processing, recycling or remanufacturing of waste in regional and remote Queensland.

The RRRMF is managed in partnership between the Department of Environment and Science and the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

Program guidelines and further information on the application process is available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

Organic Waste Smart Schools Program

Successful grant recipients

The Organic Waste Smart Schools Program provided grants of up to $2,500 for the purchase of equipment to deliver organic waste avoidance and resource recovery projects at Queensland schools.

A total of 216 schools were successful in obtaining $448,893 of funding support under the Program. These projects will start in Term 1, 2022 and are due to be completed by May 2022.

Stream Remoteness region School name Approved funding amount
1 Major cities and inner regional Nundah State School $2,474.10
1 Major cities and inner regional Eagleby State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bray Park State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Toowoomba North State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Cedar Creek State School $1,521.79
1 Major cities and inner regional One Mile State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Whites Hill State College $2,307.75
1 Major cities and inner regional Aspley Special School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Currumbin Community Special School $2,336.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Morningside State School $2,431.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Coomera Springs State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Redland Bay State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Childers State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Mountain Creek State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Kenmore South State School $2,430.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Greenbank State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Jones Hill State School $1,368.12
1 Major cities and inner regional Boronia Heights State School P&C ASSOCIATION $2,096.38
1 Major cities and inner regional Baringa State Primary School $2,461.73
1 Major cities and inner regional Tin Can Bay State School $2,161.27
1 Major cities and inner regional James Nash State High School $   425.63
1 Major cities and inner regional Wynnum West State School $1,067.40
1 Major cities and inner regional St Helens State School $2,043.50
1 Major cities and inner regional Clontarf Beach State School $1,665.60
1 Major cities and inner regional Harlaxton State School $1,765.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Warrigal Road State School $2,493.37
1 Major cities and inner regional Bullyard State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Eatons Hill State School $2,487.38
1 Major cities and inner regional Kallangur State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bargara State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Seven Hills State School $2,417.59
1 Major cities and inner regional Ripley Valley State Secondary College $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Ithaca Creek State School $2,497.29
1 Major cities and inner regional Logan City Special School $2,499.65
1 Major cities and inner regional Currimundi State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Eight Mile Plains State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Tamborine Mountain State School $2,370.55
1 Major cities and inner regional McDowall State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Arundel State School $2,300.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bundaberg West State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Newmarket State School $2,455.75
1 Major cities and inner regional Burnett Heads State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Benowa State High School $2,211.39
1 Major cities and inner regional Foxwell State Secondary College $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Helensvale State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Moggill state school $2,040.14
1 Major cities and inner regional Camira State School $2,265.86
1 Major cities and inner regional Brisbane Youth Education & Training Centre $   972.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Windsor State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Laidley District State School $1,585.45
1 Major cities and inner regional Jinibara State Primary School $1,199.32
1 Major cities and inner regional Maroochydore State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Cooran State School $1,985.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Holland Park State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Pallara State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Harris Fields State School $1,337.50
1 Major cities and inner regional The Gap State High School $2,270.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Kalkie State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Kepnock State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Hendra State School $1,067.90
1 Major cities and inner regional Montville State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Mitchelton State High School - Montessori Program $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Withcott State School $1,284.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Cleveland District State High School $2,486.92
1 Major cities and inner regional Belmont State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Albert State School $1,207.98
1 Major cities and inner regional Balmoral State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Maroochydore State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Woodridge State High School $1,201.04
1 Major cities and inner regional Tannum Sands State School $1,129.70
1 Major cities and inner regional Grantham State School $2,410.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Indooroopilly State School $2,163.20
1 Major cities and inner regional Wynnum SHS $2,269.80
1 Major cities and inner regional Queensland Academy $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Enoggera State School $2,482.70
1 Major cities and inner regional North ARM State School $1,000.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Lowood SHS $1,276.95
1 Major cities and inner regional Beerwah State High School $2,366.80
1 Major cities and inner regional Burpengary State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Dakabin State School $2,488.90
1 Major cities and inner regional Boonah State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre (NBEEC) $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Woodhill State School $2,499.70
1 Major cities and inner regional Northgate State School $800.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bellbird Park State Secondary College $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Chatsworth State School $2,465.80
1 Major cities and inner regional Sandy Strait State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Marburg State School $1,436.30
1 Major cities and inner regional Manly State School $2,419.49
1 Major cities and inner regional The Gap State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Peregian Springs State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Kruger State School $2,382.28
1 Major cities and inner regional Gympie East State School $2,407.43
1 Major cities and inner regional Oxenford State School $1,200.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Ferny Grove State School $1,560.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Rosewood State High School $2,325.88
1 Major cities and inner regional Pine Rivers Special School $2,450.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Nashville State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Caloundra State High School $2,370.30
1 Major cities and inner regional Kurwongbah State School $2,485.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Ma Ma Creek State School $   444.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Mount Samson State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Meringandan State School $1,600.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Two Mile State School P&C $1,248.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bucasia State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Maleny State Primary School $2,465.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Chevallum State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Port Curtis Road State School $1,925.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Maryborough West State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional St Bernard State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Virginia State School $2,487.92
1 Major cities and inner regional Gracemere State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Elanora State High School $2,212.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Caningeraba State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bundaberg Special School $1,596.75
1 Major cities and inner regional Nerang State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Burnside State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Brisbane State High School $2,200.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Payne Road State School $1,633.83
1 Major cities and inner regional Woodcrest State College $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Beaconsfield State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Tamrookum State School $   934.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Runcorn State School $2,463.00
1 Major cities and inner regional William Duncan State School $1,668.82
1 Major cities and inner regional Ironside State School $1,780.95
1 Major cities and inner regional Isis District State High School $   876.75
1 Major cities and inner regional Worongary State School $1,320.50
1 Major cities and inner regional Cannon Hill State School $2,453.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Yangan State School $   996.25
1 Major cities and inner regional Taranganba State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Mount Cotton State School $1,154.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Marsden State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Berrinba East State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Sunnybank State School $1,200.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Laidley State High School $1,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Goodwood State School $1,143.90
1 Major cities and inner regional Robina State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Daisy Hill State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Nambour State College $1,859.20
1 Major cities and inner regional Walloon State School $2,011.30
1 Major cities and inner regional Goodna Special School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Glass House Mountains State School $   551.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Southport Special School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Stretton State College $   698.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Riverview State School $2,102.90
1 Major cities and inner regional Mount Crosby State School $1,512.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Maleny State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Shailer Park State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Flagstone State Community College $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Craigslea State High School $   780.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Pilton State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Coomera State School $2,238.90
1 Major cities and inner regional Lawnton State School $2,029.74
1 Major cities and inner regional Nerang State High School $2,415.50
1 Major cities and inner regional Vienna Woods State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Junction Park State School $1,260.80
1 Major cities and inner regional Wilsonton State High School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Bellmere State School $2,400.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Federal State School $2,500.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Coominya State School $1,602.00
1 Major cities and inner regional Petrie Terrace State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Home Hill State High School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Texas P-10 State  School $1,143.00
2 Outer regional Cranbrook State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Kirwan State High School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Caravonica State School $   764.94
2 Outer regional Kogan State School $1,353.00
2 Outer regional Blackwater State School $2,424.19
2 Outer regional South Johnstone State School $1,998.00
2 Outer regional Cannonvale State School $2,146.74
2 Outer regional Stanthorpe State School $2,499.68
2 Outer regional Pimlico State High School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Port Douglas State School $2,332.23
2 Outer regional Emerald State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Ingham State High School $1,398.00
2 Outer regional Mossman State High School $2,452.90
2 Outer regional Prospect Creek State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Mount Molloy State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Millchester State School $1,182.99
2 Outer regional Mulgildie State School $  210.00
2 Outer regional Bajool State School $1,900.98
2 Outer regional The Willows State School $1,584.33
2 Outer regional Biggenden State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Agnes Water State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Innisfail state College $1,209.68
2 Outer regional Stanthorpe State High School $   730.00
2 Outer regional Moranbah State School $2,403.60
2 Outer regional Clare State School $   630.86
2 Outer regional Bororen State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Tropical North Learning Academy Trinity Beach State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Freshwater State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Parramatta State School $1,491.28
2 Outer regional Marmor State School $1,101.47
2 Outer regional El Arish State School $2,100.00
2 Outer regional Jarvisfield State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Gordonvale State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Inglewood state school $1,490.00
2 Outer regional Coningsby State School $1,553.00
2 Outer regional William Ross State High School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Yungaburra State School $2,483.00
2 Outer regional Gumlu State School P&C Association $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Gayndah State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Farnborough State School $2,500.00
2 Outer regional Mundubbera State School $2,495.80
2 Outer regional Whitfield State School $1,610.00
2 Outer regional Miriam Vale State School $2,500.00
3 Remote and very remote Capella State School $2,500.00
3 Remote and very remote North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre $2,500.00
3 Remote and very remote Alpha P-10 State School $   967.00
3 Remote and very remote St George State High School $1,831.40
3 Remote and very remote Tagai State College -  Badu Campus $2,500.00
3 Remote and very remote Longreach State High School $2,185.00
3 Remote and very remote Abergowrie Primary P&C Association $2,500.00
3 Remote and very remote Julia Creek State School $2,226.00
3 Remote and very remote Aramac State School $1,000.00
3 Remote and very remote Emu Creek State School $   647.20

Resources

Questions about the program?

If you need further information, please contact DES Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs on (07) 3330 5164 or at wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au.

Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection trial

Food organics and garden organics (FOGO) make up around half of the waste that households throw out each week.

Townsville, Rockhampton and Lockyer Valley councils have been funded to trial a FOGO kerbside collection system for one year, as follows:

  • Townsville City Council – $220,000
  • Rockhampton Regional Council – $230,000
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council – $320,000

An extra $90,000 has been allocated to participating councils to ensure consistent auditing processes are used, bringing the total value of the program to $860,000.

As part of the trial, each council will provide an additional bin to a sample of households and test collection frequencies, infrastructure types and community engagement methods.

The trials will provide information to help local governments identify whether a FOGO service is suitable for their region, while diverting hundreds of tonnes of organic waste from landfill.

Case studies and learnings from the trial will be published in early 2023.

Food Rescue Grant Program

Successful grant recipients

The Food Rescue Grant Program provided grants of up to $200,000 to food rescue organisations for infrastructure, equipment and operational costs to divert additional food from landfill and redistribute it to Queenslanders in need.

Recipient Project description Funding allocated
SecondBite SecondBite will purchase three new refrigerated trucks to replace aging vehicles and increase their rescue capacity. $200,000
FoodBank Foodbank Queensland will purchase two tipper forklift attachments to increase capacity to sort, label, decant, bins and pallets from 2 per hour to 3 per hour, and a 14-pallet refrigerated truck to replace their aging 5-pallet truck, allowing them to rescue additional food from existing suppliers. $200,000
OzHarvest OzHarvest will purchase two new refrigerated trucks and cover driver wages, vehicle operation and logistics costs to extend their services across south Brisbane and expand into Townsville. $200,000
Integrated Family and Youth Service Administration (IFYS) IFYS through their Urban Angels Community Kitchen will purchase additional insulated iceboxes, cover operational costs and wages to expand their operations and independently source food from suppliers on the Sunshine Coast. $48,840
The Rock Family and Community Support Inc. The Rock Family and Community Support Inc. will purchase a new refrigerated truck and employ a part-time driver to rescue food, including perishable foods, from new sources. $95,109
FareShare FareShare will expand their existing operations by constructing a second cool room, purchasing an additional forklift, and hiring an additional staff member, greatly increasing their storage and rescue capacity. $161,673

2020–2021 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program

The 2020–21 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program (the program) provides grants to local governments in the levy zone to upgrade or close and transition small waste disposal sites to ensure compliance with the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act) by 30 June 2021. Eligible sites are:

  • sites authorised to dispose less than 2,000 tonnes of waste per year, and
  • subject to a temporary exemption from the requirement to measure and record waste under section 325 of the Act.

Successful grant recipients

Approximately $980,000 in grant funding has been awarded to successful applicants.

The following local governments were successful in receiving funding.

Local government Project description Funding allocated
Banana Shire Council Cracow Waste Transfer Station – funding to close and cap the Cracow landfill and transition the site to a secure, limited access waste transfer station. $148,570.16
Toowoomba Regional Council Closure of Emu Creek Landfill and Transition to a Bin Station – funding to close and cap the Emu Creek landfill and transition the site to a rural bin station. $151,009.29
Western Downs Regional Council Construction of the Bell Waste & Recycling Centre (Transfer Station) - funding to construct a contemporary waste and recycling centre at the Bell landfill. $340,409.74
Western Downs Regional Council Construction of the Ducklo Waste & Recycling Centre (Transfer Station) – funding to construct a contemporary waste and recycling centre at the Ducklo landfill. $202,979.73
Whitsunday Regional Council Mt Coolon Waste Services Improvement Project – funding to close and cap the Mt Coolon landfill and construct a transfer station. $134,564.65

The Program is being administered by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP).

For further information, please visit DSDILGP’s website.

The Charitable Recyclers Reimbursement Program

The Charitable Recyclers Reimbursement Program (the Program) provides funding to reimburse waste levy payments made by eligible charitable recycling entities who are unable to use their existing Certificate of Exempt Waste under section 28 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act).

To be eligible, an applicant must be a charitable recycling entity with an approved Certificate of Exempt Waste under section 28 of the Act. Applications must also be made by the legal entity that holds the Certificate of Exempt Waste.

Applicants are able to apply for reimbursement on a quarterly basis.

More information about the Program, eligibility and application process is available in the Program guidelines (PDF, 765 KB) .

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the Department’s SmartyGrants portal.

Setting up a SmartyGrants account is free and previous SmartyGrants users can use the same account. Please ensure you are authorised to make an application on behalf of your charity.

If you experience technical difficulty creating a SmartyGrants account or completing an online form, please view the help guide or contact SmartyGrants on (03) 9320 6888.

Evidence and data sheet

Evidence of disposed charitable waste that was subject to levy payments during the relevant period must be supplied with your application. This evidence must include:

  • invoices that demonstrate the tonnage or volume of charitable waste disposed, and
  • a completed data sheet (XLSX, 33 KB) to outline eligible levy liability.

More information

For further information, please contact the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs team via phone (07) 3330 5164 or email at: wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au

Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package

The Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) (PDF, 884 KB) is a $6 million fund to support resource recovery and recycling in regional Queensland.

The program seeks to:

  • provide interim support for regional Queensland to divert more resources from landfill and recycle additional material
  • facilitate recycling which is currently unviable due to transport costs
  • reduce the environmental and social impacts of waste on regional communities.

Grants of up to $250,000 have been allocated to regional businesses, councils and charities. These grants will help fund the cost of transporting recyclable material from regional Queensland to facilities where it can be recovered or processed and turned into new products.

Successful grant recipients

Successful applicants under the RRTAP have now been announced and include 32 projects, with a combined total value of $26.65 million project costs, spanning all areas of the State.

The following organisations were successful (including funding received):

Organisation Funding received
Amdett Services & Plastic Recycling $88,819
Anuha – Peace Lutheran Church $85,860
Banana Shire Council $72,160
Biloela Recycling $11,550
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council $176,285
Burdekin Shire Council $250,000
Burke Shire Council $250,000
Cairns Regional Council $250,000
Carpentaria Shire Council $200,000
Central Highlands Regional Council $173,644
Cook Shire Council $105,677
Douglas Shire Council $187,500
Endeavour Foundation $178,523
Gladstone Regional Council $187,593
Goondiwindi Regional Council $37,252
Gough Plastics $20,000
JMJ Tyre Recycling $187,500
Livingstone Shire Council $107,040
Mackay Re.Group $187,500
MAMS Group $55,550
Maranoa Regional Council $228,000
Mareeba Shire Council $51,548
Murweh Shire Council $250,000
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council $221,000
Paroo Shire Council $250,000
Rockhampton Regional Council $250,000
Shark Recyclers $152,629
Southern Downs Regional Council $250,000
Tablelands Regional Council $46,000
Townsville City Council $71,933
Townsville Re.Group $187,500
Whitsunday Regional Council $224,323

This funding has facilitated the transport of more than 80,000 tonnes of recyclable material for recycling. Projects have delivered significant waste and environmental outcomes in regional Queensland while supporting and growing regional job opportunities.

For further information, please contact the department's Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs area via phone (07) 3330 5164, or email wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au

Resource Recovery Industry Development Program

Successful recipients through RRIDP are detailed on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.