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Waste Minimisation Fund

The Waste Minimisation Fund supports development of innovative solutions for reducing waste, this involves providing financial assistance to local waste minimisation and management initiatives that contribute to achieving the goals outlined in Hastings District Council’s Waste Minimisation and Management Plan 2018.

Apply NowThe Waste Minimisation Fund aims to support projects that result in a new waste minimisation activity, either by implementing new initiatives or expanding on existing activities.
To contribute to building a community that values our resources, re-uses, re-purposes and recycles what it can. These can be achieved through education, enagagement and the development of new technology and ways of working.

If you have a waste minimisation initiative – we want to hear from you!

What it covers

Priority areas for the grant for Waste Minimisation Fund are

  1. Minimisation / avoidance / reduction of waste creation
  2. Reuse or upcycling of waste materials
  3. Recycling of waste materials
  4. Recovery of waste resource (the selective extraction of disposed materials for a specific next use, such as recycling, composting or generating energy).

What do we support?

  • Feasibility studies and business cases  
  • Infrastructure design and development                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Materials/equipment and plant
  • Skills development  
  • Trials and pilot programmes
  • Education programmes  
  • Workshops, neighbourhood meetings, events, neighbourhood mentoring and social learning  
  • Monitoring and surveys
  • Diversion services of waste from landfill

Funding available

Small applications under $2000 will be considered monthly and allocated by the Waste Minimisation team. Your project must not start within 6 weeks of the applications being submitted.

What doesn't it cover

Projects that focus on waste disposal on the treatment of waste prior to/or disposal/clean-ups (with the exemption of marine waste clean-ups as an activity when attached to a community education initiative/programme).

  • Projects that focus on waste disposal on the treatment of waste prior to disposal, disposal, or clean-ups (with the exemption of marine waste clean-ups as an activity when attached to a community education initiative/programme).
  • Projects that are inconsistent with Hastings District Council’s Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and funding outcome areas.
  • Projects that do not involve waste generated from within the Hastings District Council area.
  • Subsidising the cost of waste to landfill
  • Debt servicing
  • Activities which duplicate other projects or pilot studies.
  • Retrospective projects where the funding sought is for work already completed or to service debt.

Where the funds come from

The Waste Minimisation Fund has been established to allocate a portion of the funds supplied to the Hastings District Council by the national waste levy, mandated under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA). Funding is generated from the waste levy which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). The current rate for this levy is $10 per tonne of waste that enters landfill nationally, half of this levy is then designated to local council adjusted to population size. The remaining amount is placed into a national contestable fund. Both funds are designated to encourage waste management and minimisation activities or initiatives, and to further the goals of the local WMMP and the national WMA.






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