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Grants available to kick-start your Zero Waste project

Published: 1 April 2019

Have you been planning a waste minimisation project here in Auckland and could use some support to help make it a reality?

Applications open on 1 April for Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF). Businesses, iwi, and education and community groups can apply for up to $5,000 towards their project.

The WMIF is designed to support projects and innovative solutions that:

  • Promote or achieve waste minimisation
  • Reduce waste to landfill in alignment with the objectives of the Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
  • Foster new ideas and encourage community participation in reducing waste to landfill.

“We aspire to be a Zero Waste city by 2040 and achieving this goal starts with Aucklanders who have some bright ideas about how to get there. We are looking for people who can help us reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill,” says Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee.

“One simple solution can make a big impact when it comes to waste minimisation. We are proud to support the passionate Aucklanders that are working to change the way we think about waste.

“More than $3.85 million has been allocated to more than 380 projects through the WMIF since the fund was started in 2013, to support local communities and businesses.”

We’re funding projects that make a difference

Here are some examples of successful projects from last April’s funding round:

  • A school-wide waste system that included having compost and recycling stations on campus
  • A community group establishing community food pantries and providing education about food waste
  • A local bottle shop establishing a pilot refillable container scheme.

How to apply

Applications are open from 1–30 April 2019. Visit the WMIF application page, email aucklandwastefund@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, or call 09 301 0101 to find out more.

Lists of previous successful recipients are available online. Keep an eye out for feature stories throughout the month on OurAuckland to find out more about WMIF waste champions.

Read more: Waste Community

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