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Last two weeks to apply for Tauranga waste minimisation grant
18 April 2019
Last two weeks to apply for Tauranga waste minimisation grant
If you have a great idea to reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill, now is the time to take action.
 
There are two weeks left to apply for Tauranga City Council’s Resource Wise Community Fund, to help turn your idea into a reality.
 
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to individuals, community groups, businesses, Iwi/Maori organisations and education providers, who want to deliver waste minimisation projects within Tauranga.
 
Last year, five applicants were successful in securing funding. Among them was Good Neighbour’s food rescue, who collect and redistribute food that is good enough to eat but not suitable for sale. The rescued food is given to local community organisations. 
 
John Paine, the brain behind Good Neighbour says: ‘Thanks to Resource Wise’s contribution to our operating costs, Good Neighbour food rescue is able to divert 450 tonnes of good food from landfill or stock food. That’s the equivalent of 1.3 million meals going to families and individuals in need.’
 
Tauranga City Council has been driving the Resource Wise Fund since 2018. The fund is designed to support the community in finding new and innovative ways to help reduce waste, and inspire others to adopt waste minimisation practices. The main objective is to empower communities to:
 
  • reduce waste sent to landfill, including organic materials, construction and demolition materials, and paper and cardboard
  • support a hierarchy of waste principles: avoid, reuse, reduce, recycle, recover – with disposal only as a last resort
  • lobby manufacturers and government to take responsibility for where their products will ultimately end up
  • support the council’s waste minimisation programmes
  • achieve the actions set out in Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
 
Grants range from $1500 to $20,000 from a pool of $50,000.
 
Applications close at 4pm on Thursday, 2 May 2019.
 
For more information, including funding criteria, application guidelines and the online application form, visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/rwcommunityfund