Last call for applications for grants
Auckland Council is issuing a final call for applications to a $500,000 grant for business and community projects that will reduce waste to landfill.
The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund is open until April 30 for applications from community groups, businesses, iwi/Maori organisations and educational institutions.
The fund offers the potential to achieve waste reduction and to stimulate community enterprise, councillor Noelene Raffills says.
‘‘The focus areas of the fund, resource recovery, commercial waste, organic waste and community and behaviour change, are ripe for innovation.’’
It is estimated that a region-wide resource recovery network could divert as much as 25 per cent of material from landfill within five years, as well as creating jobs.
Commercial waste from sectors such as construction and demolition is another key area to be targeted for waste reduction under the fund.
Businesses and groups can apply for help to develop feasibility studies, business cases and surveys, for infrastructure design and development, for equipment and plant, and for pilot programmes and workshops.
The $500,000 will be distributed in the next financial year.
The fund is one of the first actions to emerge from the WMMP, adopted in June 2012, which has an aspirational goal of zero waste for the region by 2040.