Gisborne waste projects could be funded

People urged to cash in on waste-minimisation projects by December 9.

People urged to cash in on waste-minimisation projects by December 9.

Property owners near where Rhythm and Vines was held are concerned about the amount of rubbish revellers left behind. File photo

FUNDING of up to $10,000 is available for new, innovative community projects to reduce waste in the district.

Gisborne District Council’s Waste Minimisation Fund supports community-driven projects such as composting schemes, creative ways to turn trash into treasure or simply reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill.

Council waste minimisation officer Anne Lister says the fund supports the council’s vision for community-led solutions to reducing waste going to landfill, using resources wisely and without harm to the environment.

Funding comes from Gisborne’s share of a levy the Government puts on all waste going to landfill.

The fund has been running for the past four years and has supported recycling schemes at marae, a project incorporating plastics into pavements and a project to shred rubbish.

The $10,000 will either be given to one big project or split among smaller ones, depending on the applications, says Ms Lister.

Applications will be assessed against the goals of the Gisborne District Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and the Waste Minimisation Act, and is targeted for projects that are trialling or supporting new waste minimisation initiatives rather than giving ongoing support for operational activities.

The council’s e-Month initiative in October has shown an opportunity for social enterprise groups to get involved in waste minimisation, says Ms Lister.

“More than 33 tonnes of our e-waste was collected and sent to the South Waikato Achievement Centre for refurbishing and recycling.”

Gary Olney from the achievement centre is visiting Gisborne in early December to talk with local groups about how the centre was established and successes in reducing e-waste going to landfills.

Applications for the fund close on Friday December 9.

Application forms and more information is available from the council offices or website.

FUNDING of up to $10,000 is available for new, innovative community projects to reduce waste in the district.

Gisborne District Council’s Waste Minimisation Fund supports community-driven projects such as composting schemes, creative ways to turn trash into treasure or simply reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill.

Council waste minimisation officer Anne Lister says the fund supports the council’s vision for community-led solutions to reducing waste going to landfill, using resources wisely and without harm to the environment.

Funding comes from Gisborne’s share of a levy the Government puts on all waste going to landfill.

The fund has been running for the past four years and has supported recycling schemes at marae, a project incorporating plastics into pavements and a project to shred rubbish.

The $10,000 will either be given to one big project or split among smaller ones, depending on the applications, says Ms Lister.

Applications will be assessed against the goals of the Gisborne District Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and the Waste Minimisation Act, and is targeted for projects that are trialling or supporting new waste minimisation initiatives rather than giving ongoing support for operational activities.

The council’s e-Month initiative in October has shown an opportunity for social enterprise groups to get involved in waste minimisation, says Ms Lister.

“More than 33 tonnes of our e-waste was collected and sent to the South Waikato Achievement Centre for refurbishing and recycling.”

Gary Olney from the achievement centre is visiting Gisborne in early December to talk with local groups about how the centre was established and successes in reducing e-waste going to landfills.

Applications for the fund close on Friday December 9.

Application forms and more information is available from the council offices or website.

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