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Funding available for waste reduction projects

14 Nov 2016

Funding available for waste reduction projects

Do you have a new idea that will help to reduce our waste?

Applications are open now for Council’s $10,000 Waste Minimisation Fund.

Council waste minimisation officer Anne Lister says the fund supports Council’s vision for community-led solutions to reducing waste going to landfill, using resources wisely and without harm to the environment.

“Funding comes from Gisborne’s share of the levy that government puts on all waste going to landfill,” says Ms Lister.

Applications will be assessed against the goals of the Gisborne District Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and the Waste Minimisation Act, and is targeted for projects that are trialling or supporting new waste minimisation initiatives rather than giving ongoing support for operational activities.

Applications close Friday 9 December.  Here's the application form and more information

e-Month in October has shown the opportunity for social enterprise groups to get involved in waste minimisation.

Over 33 tonnes of our e-waste was collected and sent to the South Waikato Achievement Centre for refurbishing and recycling.

Gary Olney from the achievement centre is visiting Gisborne in early December to talk with local groups about the how the centre was established and successes in reducing e-waste going to landfills.

Ms Lister says e-waste schemes are just one opportunity, there’s the potential for event recycling or plastic-free programmes.