New Waste Minimisation Grant available
A new grant is available through our Waste Minimisation Fund to help individuals and organisations reduce waste.
The fund of $10,000 has been made available from the national waste levy, which is paid by landfill operators and distributed by the Ministry for the Environment to local authorities.
Applicants can apply for any amount up to $5,000 for a project that contributes to waste minimisation, waste avoidance, reduction of waste to landfill, and/or the recovery of materials or energy.
Stormwater and solid waste manager Brent Aitken says there is no time limit on applications, so applications will be accepted until this year’s grant fund is used up.
“All our council buildings have recycling systems in place and bokashi composting for food waste, and we’d like to see more work places and schools doing the same, so this grant is a great way to get started. Some other ideas that would qualify for the grant are things like creating a waste sorting station at events or covering the costs of recycling niche items like agrichemicals. Our focus is reducing waste going to landfill, so if you have an idea we’d love to hear it,” he said.
To apply you must be one of the following within the Taupō District: an individual, school, business, iwi/Māori group, community group, early childhood centre, or other community-based organisation.