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$500,000 fund for ideas to reduce waste

Published: 25 August 2016

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$500,000 waste minimisation fund opens in September

Auckland Council is looking for creative ideas to raise awareness and support Aucklanders to make the changes needed to reduce waste.

Applications open Thursday 1 September for Auckland Council’s $500,000 Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund (WMIF).

Example projects could include cooking and budgeting skills workshops, and savvy shopping and storage techniques. 

New fund announced

For the first time a Love Food Hate Waste fund will also open, with up to $1000 available, for initiatives that prevent food waste.

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign will launch in Auckland this November and activities planned for this time will be prioritised. Grants of up to $1000 are available from this fund.

Innovative Aucklanders

Waste Solutions General Manager Ian Stupple says these funds are a great way of encouraging innovative ideas that reduce waste to landfill.

“Aucklanders have been truly innovative in the past with their waste minimisation ideas and we’re looking forward to next month’s entries.”

$2.2m for projects so far

Since the first WMIF funding round in April 2013, about $2.2 million has been given to more than 220 projects.

Funded projects have ranged from surveys, pilots, and feasibility studies to workshops, education programmes and new equipment. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to $50,000 for their initiative.

In 2015, charity organisation Take My Hands received a grant of $5000 to develop a programme for repurposing medical supplies from New Zealand to the Asia Pacific region.

“Take My Hands is a great WMIF recipient because the project is about repurposing medical items and minimising waste to landfill,” says Stupple.

“We’d like to hear from businesses, iwi/Māori, education and community groups who need support for projects and are passionate about reducing waste.

"This year, in line with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, we also have a fund specifically for ideas that help to prevent food waste."

Food waste a big issue for Kiwis

The separate Love Food Hate Waste fund is part of a New Zealand-wide campaign to reduce food waste going to landfill.

Food waste is a massive issue in New Zealand – around 40 per cent of the average rubbish bin or bag is made up of avoidable food waste.

About Love Food Hate Waste

In New Zealand the Love Food Hate Waste campaign is being delivered by WasteMINZ in conjunction with 59 councils and community groups around New Zealand.

For more information please visit lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz.

Apply now

Both funds open on 1 September and close at 8pm 30 September 2016.

You can find full details and apply for the funds online.

For help applying, please contact the Waste Minimisation team on aucklandwastefund@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call 09 301 0101.

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