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Waste minimisation fund

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Waste minimisation fund

We have an important role in managing waste, reducing the harm waste can cause and encouraging communities and businesses to reduce their waste.  
Waste minimisation means reducing waste and increasing reuse, recycling and recovery.

Why we have a Waste Minimisation Fund

We receive funds from the national waste levy - a government charge for all waste going to landfill.

We know that some of the best ideas and deliverers of waste minimisation initiatives are within our community. 
Our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan includes a local Waste Minimisation Fund to support new initiatives.

Apply for funding for a new waste minimisation project

Funding is for new projects that contribute to waste minimisation, avoid harm and improve resource efficiency.

Annual funding applications close on the last Friday in February.

Waste Minimisation Fund Application Form [PDF, 65 KB] - download and complete

Waste Minimisation Fund Application Form [PDF, 150 KB] - writable PDF
Note - save the form to your computer first before you fill it in and email it to us

The maximum funding that can be applied for is $10,000. 

Applications must include budget information that outlines the total cost of your project and the specific items requiring funding. 

If successful, you'll be required to sign a project agreement.

You must submit interim and final reports to be eligible for funding

If you receive funding, Gisborne District Council's support must be recognised in all your project promotion.

Glossary of terms

Waste
  • anything disposed of or discarded
  • a type of waste that's defined by its composition or source, for example organic waste, electronic waste or construction and demolition waste
  • any component or element of diverted material, if the component or element is disposed of or discarded.
Waste minimisation
  • the reduction of waste
  • the reuse, recycling and recovery of waste and diverted material.
Diverted material
  • anything that's no longer required for its original purpose and, but for commercial or other waste minimisation activities, would be disposed of or discarded.
Reduction
  • lessening waste generation, including by using products more efficiently or by redesigning products
  • lessening waste generation in relation to the product.
Reuse
  • the further use of waste or diverted material in its existing form for the original purpose of the materials or products that constitute the waste or diverted material, or for a similar purpose.
Recycling
  • the reprocessing of waste or diverted material to produce new materials.
Recovery
  • extraction of materials or energy from waste or diverted material for further use or processing
  • making waste or diverted material into compost
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