Have you got a great idea to reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill?
There’s still time 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.
Environment Committee Chair Steve Morris said as a city, Tauranga is sending too many resources to landfill that could be reused, recycled or recovered instead – or better yet, not produced in the first place.
“Through the fund, we want to support our community to find new ways to help reduce waste, and inspire and encourage others to recognise that disposal should only be a last resort.”
The fund aims 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 (4mb pdf)
Grants range from $1500 to $20,000 from an annual pool of $50,000.
All projects must meet the funding criteria.
Applications close at 4pm on Thursday, 5 July.
For more information, including funding criteria, application guidelines and the online application form, visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/rwcommunityfund