Grants ready for pi­o­neers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Waste in­no­va­tors can snap up grants of up to $50,000 from the Auck­land Coun­cil’s zero waste fund.

The Waste Min­imi­sa­tion and In­no­va­tion Fund (WMIF) opened yes­ter­day and a work­shop will be held on Oc­to­ber 7 to help groups and in­di­vid­u­als make ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘Some­times it’s hard to know what sort of in­for­ma­tion to pro­vide to get the best buy-in for your ideas and meet the cri­te­ria of the fund,’’ solid waste man­ager Ian Stup­ple says.

‘‘If you’ve got an ex­cit­ing waste re­duc­tion project, come along to this work­shop and find out how to put to­gether an ap­pli­ca­tion that makes the most of this fund­ing op­por­tu­nity.’’

The re­gional fund was set up in April to seed new ideas that help to min­imise waste and re­duce waste go­ing land­fill.

Pro­jects that have al­ready re­ceived as­sis­tance from the fund in­clude re­source re­cov­ery cen­tre fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for lo­ca­tions in com­mu­ni­ties through­out the re­gion, school pro­jects with waste min­imi­sa­tion goals, busi­nesses and large or­gan­i­sa­tions need­ing sup­port for re­cy­cling and or­ganic waste so­lu­tions and marae-based waste min­imi­sa­tion ini­tia­tives

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