Waste Minimisation Seed Fund

This fund supports development of innovative solutions for reducing waste, so that Wellingtonians can be leaders in waste minimisation.

First-time applicants

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Available funding

There is up to $70,000 available every year, with two types of grant:

  • funding for small projects - under $2000
  • funding for medium/large projects - over $2000.

The maximum amount that can be funded is $25,000 per project for large projects. If funds are not fully allocated in 1 year they will roll over into the following year.

Past allocations (195KB PDF)

Assessment criteria

We want to target priority waste streams, reduce harm to the environment and improve efficiency of resource use. We will do this by supporting new initiatives that complement and enhance existing programmes or address gaps or opportunities.



Funding will be allocated in order of priority according to the waste hierarchy:

  1. Minimisation / avoidance / reduction of waste creation
  2. Reuse of waste materials
  3. Recycling of waste materials
  4. Recovery of waste resource (the selective extraction of disposed materials for a specific next use, such as recycling, composting or generating energy).

And priority waste streams and sectors:

  • Organic waste
  • Commercial and industrial waste
  • Community action and behaviour change.

Where the funds come from

When rubbish goes into a New Zealand landfill, a levy of $10 per tonne is collected by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). A portion of the money is allocated to Wellington City Council from the MfE waste levy, based on population. This money must be spent on promoting or achieving waste minimisation as set out in our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Waste Operations team

Phone 04 383 7460
Email wasteoperations@wcc.govt.nz

Funding Advisor

Phone 04 803 8562
Email funding@wcc.govt.nz