Waste Minimisation Fund
This year Waipā District Council has $50,000 available to support projects that rethink, reduce and reuse waste.
Local individuals, organisations and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding if they have an initiative that will reduce waste.
The fund is provided to Council by the Ministry for the Environment from the Waste Levy.
Previous successful applicants range from beeswax wrap workshops to community composting facilities.
Apply to the fund
The Waste Minimisation Community Fund is offered annually. The funding round will open 13 March and close 6 April 2023.
Who can apply?
The fund can support individuals, community groups, businesses, Iwi/Māori organisations and education providers who want to deliver a waste minimisation project for their community in the Waipā district.
Need a steer on your idea?
Got a great idea for a waste minimisation project, but want to chat about it with an expert?
Email our Waste Minimisation Team to chat about your idea: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fund recipients 2022
A pilot to test local conditions on a large scale outdoor worm farm that will compost commercial food was and rural waste to make a high quality soil conditioner whilst keeping methane producing organic material out of landfill.
Purpose Fill is a local waste contractor who is tackling GIB waste in the building industry. The fund will support subsidising the cost for 100 local builders to use the GIB recycling service at half price. The collected GIB will be added into fertiliser manufacturing process until a GIB reprocessing site is operational in Tauranga, then it will go there to make new GIB board.
This project will give our local community a chance to clear out garages of waste tyres and an opportunity to safely dispose of tyres for free. The tyres will then be processed through Treadlites processing plant which put the tyres through four different stages to create an upcycled granules of rubber that are used for playground matting, artificial sports fields, mats and gym flooring.
This Co-op of local food producers will be hosting a workshop covering easy to grow herbs in your garden (annual and pre-annual), culinary uses for herbs, drying herbs, a walk around one of the market gardens which supply our zero waste vege boxes, a take-home starter kit to get everyone growing, plus lots more.
Following on from the funding support in 2021 to expand collections to Te Awamutu this year Urban Miners are receiving funding for extra work benches for volunteers and signage for their stall at the Tamahere Market where they sell refurbished smart phones.
Pirongia Sharing Shed
The Pirongia Sharing Shed is a well-used and well-loved location for people to borrow and donate books, or leave excess fruit and veges. They received funding to get pavers professionally installed around the Sharing Shed to improve access all year round.
The Toy Library is going to invest in signage, so people know where the Library meets, and in purchasing some quality toys with a focus on toys for special needs and educational toys to refresh the toy service. They will also be offering subsidised memberships to allow new families to try the Toy Library out to see if they enjoy the service.
Soon to open, the Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society visitors centre is going to be sharing the “pack in pack out” mentality for rubbish. They will have new signage sharing messaging as well as a suite of second-hand, locally sourced crockery for visitors and volunteers to use, again and again and again.
The Pagoda Early Childhood Centre is keen to start worm farming their food scraps. With their new worms and worm farm, they will teach the children how to feed the worms and what to do with the compost they make. All the while focusing on reducing food waste at the outset.