Ideas wanted

Central Leader - - NEWS -

If you’ve got a great idea to re­duce the amount of waste sent to land­fill Auck­land Coun­cil wants to hear from you.

The Waste Min­imi­sa­tion and In­no­va­tion Fund opens on April 1 for small grants of up to $5000.

The fund was set up as part of coun­cil’s Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion Plan which was adopted in June 2012.

Solid Waste man­ager Ian Stup­ple says the small grants are for or­gan­i­sa­tions with projects that can be es­tab­lished soon and make a dif­fer­ence.

Projects that have al­ready re­ceived small grants in­clude re­us­able nappy schemes, waste sys­tems in schools to sep­a­rate or­ganic waste, rubbish and re­cy­cling, and a fur­ni­ture from wooden pal­lets project.

Ap­pli­cants must meet at least half the cost of the project them­selves.

April’s fund­ing round closes 4pm April 30.

Grants of up to $50,000 for more com­plex projects will be con­sid­ered in Oc­to­ber.

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