Waste Minimisation Fund

Grants & Funding - Waste Minimisation Grant.


The Horowhenua Waste Minimisation Fund is available to aid the start-up costs of a project that minimises waste in the Horowhenua District, by reducing or reusing waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.

Project values should align with the vision, goals and objectives from our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan which is:

  1. To avoid creating waste.
  2. To make it easy and safe to recycle.
  3. To ensure households and businesses have access to appropriate disposal of residual waste.
  4. To create opportunities for the Horowhenua District - community partnerships, jobs, new products, more efficient businesses.
  5. To reduce illegal dumping.
  6. To improve community understanding of issues and opportunities for waste minimisation and management in the Horowhenua District.

Funding rounds

This grant will be open for one funding round in the 2023 – 2024 financial year that opens on 1 August 2023 and closes at 11.59pm on 31 August 2023

(Note: Projects cannot begin before 1 November 2023).


Applications must clearly demonstrate a link to at least one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Reduction of waste at the initial source of a waste stream.
  2. Recapture and reuse of products/waste streams.
  3. Improve recycling, through reprocessing waste materials to produce new products, or increasing ease of recycling for residents and/or businesses.
  4. Recapture and redistribution of food waste.
  5. Composting of organic waste and green waste.
  6. Implementation of a product stewardship programme with government accreditation for a priority product.

Successful Waste Minimisation Projects:

The Levin Repair Café was launched in December 2020 from a Waste Minimisation Fund from Horowhenua District Council. A Repair Café is a regular event where people can bring their broken goods along for volunteers to repair. It is a social space that utilises skills in the community, alleviates social isolation, assists people living on a tight budget and most importantly promotes environmental awareness and sustainable living. The Repair Café encourages people to repair or upcycle household goods, as opposed to buying new items and disposing of broken goods to landfill. The programme also encourages individuals to learn new repair skills, moving our community towards long-term waste minimisation and behaviour change.

Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) was set up in 2019 to understand the scale of plastic pollution going into the Manawatū river via urban streams and to use this knowledge to improve the health of our local waterways. The project received Waste Minimisation Funding to launch.

Kaicycle composting takes compostable scraps from homes, offices and small businesses and recycles them into living compost. It is a bicycle-powered compost collection service that operates in Wellington City and the surrounding suburbs.

Cup Recycling UK deals with the problem of single-use takeaway coffee cups. As an on-the-go item, coffee cup waste ends up in a whole host of places such as train stations, universities, offices and domestic bins. This Scheme aims to make the collection of cups commercially attractive for waste collectors to include as part of their recycling offering to customers.