Waste Minimisation Community Fund

Do you have a great idea for a project that will help move our community towards zero waste? You might be eligible for funding through our Waste Minimisation Community Fund.

Projects must be consistent with the Waste Minimisation and Management Plan and achieve the following objectives:

• Waste Reduction – Reducing waste at source and/or,

• Resource Recovery – Diverting waste from landfill

The aim is to support new initiatives that complement and enhance existing programmes, address gaps or create new opportunities.

Applications for the 2020 funding round are now closed.

We were very impressed by the response and quality of waste reducing projects proposed.

Grants totalling $60,000 were allocated to six successful fund recipients in May 2020.

These community-driven initiatives are showcased below:

  • Wastebusters & One New Zealand, Better Building Resource Circulation: Resource recovery campaign aimed at trading or donating excess construction material instead of sending it to landfill. 

  • The Hawea Grove, Hawea Grove Eco Building Webisode Series: A project aimed to raise awareness about the waste generated from a house build by documenting the process and sharing learnings, from decision-making right through to completion. 

  • Sustainable Queenstown, Bringing RefillNZ to Queenstown: Preventing plastic pollution by making it easier to refill reusable water bottles rather than buying water in single-use plastic bottles.

  • Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, Undertake waste audit process for Queenstown Lakes businesses: Helping a representative selection of businesses within our district to improve their waste and recycling practises.

  • Queenstown Golf Club, Composting Organic Waste: Reducing organic waste by implementing a system to compost the Golf Club cafe food waste and green waste from onsite operations. Learnings will be shared with club members and local golf associations.

  • Chunky Limited, Chunky Loan Cup: Reusable loan cup scheme for Queenstown cafes.

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