New Trustees Appointments and the Resignation of Dixon McIvor
4 September 2013
Long serving Trustee Dixon McIvor resigned officially from the board of SIFT in June 2013. We greatly appreciate the contribution Dixon made during his time on the board.
SIFT are pleased to announce two new Trustees have joined the board in August 2013: Glen Saunders and Markus Benter-Lynch. Go to our Team page to learn more about these new Trustees backgrounds.
2011/2012 SIFT Annual Report
20 December 2012
The 2011/2012 SIFT Annual Report is now available on line. You can read more about why SIFT is committed to funding more loans and equity investments in order to create greater opportunities to recycle its funding in support of future waste minimisation projects.
SIFT has a new Trustee, Rob Lawrence, you can see his profile under the "Our Team" section
24 July 2012
Arthur Williamson - Retiring
29 April 2011
Long serving SIFT trustee Arthur Williamson retired officially this month, with this week as his last week with SIFT.
New Trustee - Darren Patterson
7 February 2011
SIFT welcomes new trustee Darren Patterson to the board. With a wealth of waste industry experience the SIFT team and board are looking forward to working with Darren to achieve the charity's objectives of waste reduction to landfill, improving the health of our environment while supporting the Canterbury economy.
2009/2010 SIFT Annual Report
20 December 2010
The 2009/2010 SIFT Annual Report is now available for download here. It details the key projects from 09/10 and the future strategies for SIFT. You can also read more about the current SIFT trustees and other community engagement initiatives from SIFT.
2010 SCAPE Schools' Recyclable City Art Competition Winner Announced
22 November 2010
Cobham Intermediate won the SCAPE 2010 Recyclable City Art competition with their great eco-city. More here.
Updated 2010/2011 Application Consideration dates posted
27 October 2010
The final date for applications to be considered has been updated on the Apply for Finance page of the SIFT website. New dates for 2011 have also been posted. As these dates are the same as the SIFT board meeting dates they are subject to change at the discretion of the SIFT board. Any updates to the dates will be posted online.
SCAPE 2010 Christchurch Biennial postponed
18 October 2010
Unfortunately, due to last September's earthquake the SCAPE 2010 Christchurch Biennial was not held but has been postponed till March 2011. Updated information about Biennial will be posted here. Information on SIFT's contribution is here.
SIFT supports the SCAPE 2010 Christchurch Biennial
20 August 2010
SIFT is sponsoring the part build of Joanna Langford's artwork High Country made from recyclable materials (silage wrap and plastic milk bottles) for the SCAPE 2010 Christchurch Art Biennial. SIFT has also given a grant for a primary schools' Recyclable City Art competition and workshops for school children at the Art Gallery. More information here.
Two new product stewardship schemes approved
24 May 2010
Last week the government announced the approved accreditation for two new product stewardship schemes. One is the Glass Packaging Forum which has a voluntary scheme in place for the reduction of glass to landfill and the other is the Plasback farm plastic recycling scheme. The full press release from the Ministry for the Environment can be found here.
SIFT is now a IRD registered charity for donations
7 May 2010
Each donation will go towards helping with the day to day running of the trust so more of our funds can be given to eligible waste minimisation/reduction projects.
Plasback Agricultural Plastics Recycling Campaign
15 March 2010
A new agricultural plastics recycling campaign, partly funded by the Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust, aimed at Canterbury farmers has recently been launched by Agpac. Agpac are running a new recycling scheme called Plasback - on farm collection of agricultural plastic wastes such as baleage wrap and silage sheets, polypropylene bags and HDPE Drums.The education campaign includes a helpful and instructional brochure for famers showing them how to recycle each type of waste stream which will be mailed to farmers in Canterbury as well as radio and press advertising and is part of the Plasback Product Stewardship Scheme.
This new campaign not only educates farmers on who can take their waste but how to handle it while it is on the farm such as the importance of triple rinsing HDPE drums and not including balenet or twine in the balewrap collection bins. Plasback also offers a recovery programme for the return of 100 and 200L containers for reuse.
The Plasback Product Stewardship scheme for recycling farm plastics will go a long way to helping to clean up Canterbury's countryside, reducing waste to landfill and recycling the approx. 4000 tonnes of LLDPE (Linear Low Density Polyethylene) used as crop packaging on New Zealand farms each year. The recycled plastic will be turned in pellets that can be reused as new resin stock for plastic production.
For more information on the Plasback Education Campaign visit www.plasback.co.nz.
New Mastagard $ 5 million plastics recycling facility opens
14 October 2009
The Sustainable Initiatives Fund attended the opening of Mastagard's new $ 5 million plastics recycling plant. This is an exciting step forward in plastics recycling for Christchurch and surrounds as Mastagard will be able to recycle milk bottles, HDPE plastics (High Density Polyethylene) and LDPE plastics (Low Density Polyethylene - such as plastic food wrap). This will significantly increase the types of plastics that can be recycled thereby reducing the amount of plastic that goes to landfill. Congratulations to the team at Mastagard.
Read the Mastagard Press Release 141009 on the opening (pdf).
And visit our flickr site for photos.
News Bulletin - Sift Plastics Research Executive Summary
24 September 2009
The Sustainable Initiatives Fund recently carried out in-depth analysis to find out what the life of plastic packaging is, where it ends up and better ways of recycling it and targeting behavioural change within a consumer education programme, so we don’t use so much plastic in the first place.
You can read an executive summary of the aims of the research and the findings here SiftPlasticsResearchExecutiveSummary (pdf).