Charitable Recyclers Dumping Reduction Program

Reducing illegal dumping at charity collection points

The Charitable Recyclers Dumping Reduction program supports charitable recyclers that divert used items from landfill and recover them for recycling and reuse. The program aims to reduce illegal dumping and littering, and to prevent unusable items - which ultimately end up at landfill - being left at donation sites. The program will support demonstration projects that implement and evaluate methods to reduce illegal dumping and littering.

In 2019-20, funding of $50,000 is available.

This program supports a key headline strategy in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 Action Plan (Action 8.2). 

Details of the program are provided in the program guidelines.

Applications must be made using the application form.

A reporting template provides the format and guidelines for reporting.

Guidance on good practice at charitable collection sites is provided in the report Better practice guidelines for charitable recyclers.

Activities that may be eligible for funding

The purchase and installation of equipment or infrastructure, including:

  • signage
  • bin replacement or refurbishment of collection bins
  • exterior sensor lighting
  • optical surveillance devices
  • fencing and gates
  • expansion of interventions trialled in previous dumping reduction programs
  • other infrastructure as agreed with the department

Servicing to enable improved site monitoring, including:

  • increasing the frequency of servicing of collection bins
  • additional operational staff (in hours required per week)

The costs associated with:

  • pre-intervention data monitoring
  • post-intervention data monitoring
  • report preparation

Assessment of applications

Applications will be assessed on the extent to which they demonstrate:

  • partnerships with other charitable recyclers

  • a sound rationale for the selection of the target donation sites
  • value for money on project proposals and sound procurement practices through quotations, as applicable
  • methodology to collect robust quantitative and qualitative data sets to monitor progress at donation sites
  • organisational capacity to evaluate outcomes and deliver the final report on time and to a good standard

Relevant documents

Created Date:
Mon 7 October 2019

Last Edit Date:
Tue 10 December 2019