Re­cy­cling grants a chance to show­case ini­tia­tives

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Bright ideas from Auck­land’s in­no­va­tive green thinkers could be brought to life by a na­tion­wide re­cy­cling grants pro­gramme.

Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful and The Coco-Cola Foun­da­tion have teamed up to help com­mu­ni­ties put in place ini­tia­tives to in­crease drink con­tainer re­cy­cling.

The foun­da­tion has set aside $180,000 for the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants from com­mu­nity groups, schools and coun­cils across New Zealand.

Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful chair­woman Iris Donoghue says this is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to show­case their ini­tia­tives. Fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for projects rang­ing from $3000 to $15,000.

Coca-Cola Ocea­nia gen­eral man­ager Paul Fitzger­ald says the foun­da­tion is look­ing to fund re­cy­cling pro­grammes that are fun and sim­ple.

But they must also make a tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘At home 97 per cent of Ki­wis are good re­cy­clers,’’ Mr Fitzger­ald says.

‘‘Com­par­a­tively only 18 per cent of waste ma­te­rial col­lected out-and-about is re­cy­cled.

‘‘This cam­paign will be a cat­a­lyst for bring­ing cre­ative ideas around re­cy­cling to life over the next year.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on De­cem­ber 14 at 5pm.

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