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Grants available for great zero-waste ideas

Published: 27 August 2018
Students learn how to properly sort waste during a school visit from Auckland Council's Waste Minimisation Learning Centre.

Have you got an innovative idea about how to approach the waste that Aucklanders produce?

Applications open September 1 for Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF). Businesses, iwi and education and community groups can apply for up to $50,000 towards their project.

Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee, says the council is proud to support Aucklanders who have innovative, impactful and sustainable ideas.

“Auckland Council is committed to its ambition to become zero-waste by 2040. Since the fund started in 2013, more than 350 zero-waste projects and more than $3 million have helped support local communities and businesses.

“We are privileged to live in a city where so many groups and organisations have waste-reduction ideas that they want to set in motion, helping us step closer to that goal.

“The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund helps bring these ideas to life, allowing them to be shared with other Aucklanders and bringing even more of us into contact with the concept of reducing our waste.”

We’re funding projects that make a difference

Last September, 52 grants with a total value of over $680,000 were awarded. Previous successful applicants include:

  • CivilShare Limited, who received $50,000 to add additional functionalities to their CivilShare app in order to help increase the amount of construction and demolition waste being diverted from landfill.
  • Helensville Enterprises Trust in partnership with Envision NZ who received $49,020 to divert demolition material away from landfill via community-led deconstruction and create affordable accommodation through tiny build houses from the recovered resources.
  • Beachlands Community Trust received $21,510 towards running a series of educational workshops and teaching opportunities around waste minimisation, including the Remakery - an emerging eco-market that brings together makers, recyclers, upcyclers and eco-service and product sellers.

How to apply

Applications are open from 1 – 30 September 2018. Visit the WMIF application page, email the waste funding team, or call 09 301 0101 to find out more.

Lists of previous recipients are also available to help give insight into the sorts of projects that may get funding. Throughout the month, we will spotlight some of the projects that have been awarded this fund.

Quick Facts about Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund:

  • Funding for the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund comes from the national waste levy (currently set at $10 per tonne) which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.
  • The fund has $500,000 to distribute annually, with one funding round per year for grants of over $5000 and up to $50,000 (September) and two funding rounds for grants of $5000 and under (April and September).
  • The WMIF was adopted in 2013 and was designed to support projects and innovative solutions which promote or achieve waste management and minimisation, reduce waste to landfill in accordance with the objectives of the Auckland Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and foster new ideas and encourage community participation in reducing waste to landfill.
  • The fund is open to community groups, businesses, iwi, Māori organisations, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations and other community-based organisations operating in the Auckland region.