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Waste Minimisation Fund

Ko Te Pūtea Whakamauru Para he pūtea tautoko i ngā mahi hāpai i te whakamaurutanga para, kia oti rānei te whakmaurutanga para.

Ko te whāinga o tēnei pūtea tautoko he whakapiki i ngā mahi tiaki rawa, te whakamahinga anō o ngā taonga me ngā taputapu, te whakaora me te hangarua, me te pāitiiti i ngā para ka tae atu ki ngā ruapara.

The Waste Minimisation Fund provides funding for projects that promote or achieve waste minimisation. This helps to increase resource efficiency, reuse, recovery and recycling, and decrease waste to landfill. 

2020 Waste Minimisation Fund round - closed 22 May 2020

The approach for the Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) funding round was different this year due to the unprecedented events relating to COVID-19.

We revised our Strategic Outcomes and Investment Signals to focus on supporting 10 to 20 organisations in the waste minimisation sector over the medium to long term to complement (not duplicate) COVID-19 economic stimulus packages.

The new approach required organisations applying for funding to go through a two-stage assessment: Registration of Interest, then Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI application period closed on Friday 22 May. 

Where application assessments are at

  • Applications have been assessed by an independent panel.
  • The Associate Minister for the Environment will approve a selection of applicants for progression to Deed of Funding arrangements.

For the 2020 funding round, projects needed to support one or more of the investment signals

  1. Support services in the waste minimisation sector, especially those that can provide services essential to economic recovery and additional employment opportunities during the COVID-19 recovery period (for example, food recovery and distribution; and recycling services).
  2. Support existing waste minimisation businesses and organisations to increase their efficiency and/or expand their operations in achieving or promoting waste minimisation (for example product stewardship).
  3. Support previously funded WMF projects and well-established legal entities that can deliver measurable impacts to the waste minimisation sector in the next 12 to 18 months.  


  • Projects only need to support one of the investment signals.
  • Projects must promote or achieve waste minimisation.
  • New organisations established since COVID-19 restrictions began are unlikely to be considered.

See Waste Minimisation Fund eligibility and assessment criteria for the 2020 funding round.