Last call for ap­pli­ca­tions for grants

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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