One of the big issues or themes during the WasteMinz conference was how councils and other Territorial Authorities are to use their share of the waste disposal levies collected by the Ministry for the Environment. The levies collected have been put into a new fund called the Waste Minimisation Fund. Half of the funds collected go to councils “on a per head of population basis” to help them with their waste mangement and minimisation plans (WMMP) and the other half to individuals, businesses and other organisations that have projects that meet the WMF criteria (some of the fund will also pay administration costs).
To date councils across New Zealand have received approx $3 million each quarter this year (with another about to paid). That’s a total of approx $12 million that, states Director of Operations for the Ministry for the Environment Martyn Pinkard, is to be used for solutions that are innovative, wide reaching within the community and have a direct impact on reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
To July 2010 the district councils in Canterbury have received a total of $1.2 million with Christchurch City Council taking the largest share due to the largest population being in their jurisdiction ($815,000).
The Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust can play a key role in helping local Canterbury territorial authorities to come up with and implement solutions that are both attractive and appropriate to the Ministry for the Environment and it’s aims in Waste Minimisation. Collaboration and industry and council integration will be vital in the success of projects that are to reduce waste to landfill and recover and use our resources more efficiently. Local solutions tailored to each community that have a long term effect will also be important.
Calling all Canterbury Territorial Authorities
Any district council in Canterbury that has a project or idea for a project that they could collaborate or co-fund with SIFT on can give us a call to discuss the possible solutions. If the project meets our criteria and the SIFT board give it the go ahead then our links, networks, ideas and possible funding could help to bring the project to fruition. Collaboration within the waste and sustainability fields are key to developing a sustainable future for Canterbury.
Downloadable maps of where the waste disposal sites are in New Zealand can be found here.
**Image by SIFT from WasteMinz Conference field trip 2009