Council granting $500,000 to encourage zero waste goal

Council granting $500,000 to encourage zero waste goal

There's $500,000 up for the taking for fresh ideas and support projects to help reduce waste going to landfill in Auckland.

The new Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) opens on April 1, and is one of the first actions to emerge from the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) adopted in June 2012, which has an aspirational goal of zero waste by 2040.

Applications are called for from community groups, businesses, iwi and Maori organisations, and educational institutions.

The fund can support a broad range of projects to reduce waste going to landfill, from the development of feasibility studies, business cases and surveys, through to infrastructure design and development, equipment and plant, pilot programmes and workshops.

Project owners will need to demonstrate how their initiatives incorporate the key strategies and principles of the WMMP. The key areas of focus for the fund are resource recovery, commercial waste, organic waste and community and behaviour change.

The fund has an annual pool of $500,000 to disburse through two funding rounds. The first round runs in April and the second round will be in October.

Projects will fall into three main categories: small grants ($250 to $5,000), medium grants ($5,001 to $25,000) and large grants (grants over $25,000). A project can receive up to 50 percent of its cost from the fund, with sources of additional funding and support to be secured by the applicant.