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Thursday, January 21

$3 million to councils for waste minimisation

City and district councils will today receive their first payment of waste levy funding collected under the Waste Minimisation Act, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.

"I am pleased to announce that $3 million from the waste levy is being distributed across 73 councils to support and encourage councils in their curbside recycling and other waste reduction programmes." Dr Smith said.

"The Waste Minimisation Act discourages waste disposal by imposing a levy of $10 per tonne of waste on disposal facilities such as landfills. Half of the money collected is allocated to councils on a population basis to spend on minimising waste in their area and the remaining levy money, minus administration costs, is made available for waste projects and education through the Waste Minimisation Fund.

"I encourage applications to the Waste Minimisation Fund from those in the community delivering waste minimisation education, people with new ideas to reduce waste and those wanting to expand the scope of existing waste reduction operations. Information about the fund is available on the Ministry for the Environment website, with applications closing on 1 March 2010."

This waste levy funding will be made quarterly to councils to use for funding in their waste management and minimisation plans and it is expected this will total approximately $12 million per year.

These plans are supported by the New Zealand Waste Strategy which is the Government's long term vision for waste reduction. This long-term strategy is being updated to be in line with the National Government's waste policy.

"This policy is about discouraging waste being dumped in landfills through the waste levy and supporting councils and communities in their efforts to recycle and minimise waste," Dr Smith said.

Table of funding to each council
Contact Name
Amount
Auckland City Council
$305,641
Christchurch City Council
$263,175
Manukau City Council
$248,472
North Shore City Council
$155,297
Waitakere City Council
$140,822
Wellington City Council
$135,552
Hamilton City Council
$97,623
Dunedin City Council
$89,642
Tauranga City Council
$78,276
Hutt City Council
$73,794
Rodney District Council
$67,644
Palmerston North City Council
$57,058
Whangarei District Council
$56,242
Hastings District Council
$53,505
New Plymouth District Council
$52,041
Rotorua District Council
$49,775
Franklin District Council
$44,512
Far North District Council
$42,180
Napier City Council
$41,813
Invercargill City Council
$38,013
Porirua City Council
$36,667
Kapiti Coast District Council
$34,895
Papakura District Council
$34,127
Tasman District Council
$33,706
Gisborne District Council
$33,581
Waikato District Council
$33,203
Nelson City Council
$32,396
Timaru District Council
$32,378
Waimakariri District Council
$32,353
Wanganui District Council
$32,203
Marlborough District Council
$32,138
Waipa District Council
$32,101
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
$31,780
Upper Hutt City Council
$29,015
Selwyn District Council
$25,428
Whakatane District Council
$25,152
Taupo District Council
$24,486
Matamata-Piako District Council
$23,024
Horowhenua District Council
$22,559
Southland District Council
$21,481
Manawatu District Council
$21,340
Ashburton District Council
$20,674
South Taranaki District Council
$20,004
Thames-Coromandel District Council
$19,593
Queenstown Lakes District Council
$17,339
South Waikato District Council
$17,101
Masterton District Council
$17,087
Waitaki District Council
$15,275
Kaipara District Council
$13,695
Tararua District Council
$13,319
Hauraki District Council
$12,984
Clutha District Council
$12,719
Central Otago District Council
$12,574
Rangitikei District Council
$11,112
Ruapehu District Council
$10,249
Grey District Council
$9,988
Central Hawke's Bay District Council
$9,784
Gore District Council
$9,145
Hurunui District Council
$7,913
Buller District Council
$7,328
Waitomo District Council
$7,131
Otorohanga District Council
$6,854
Opotiki District Council
$6,777
Stratford District Council
$6,716
South Wairarapa District Council
$6,716
Wairoa District Council
$6,408
Westland District Council
$6,347
Waimate District Council
$5,443
Carterton District Council
$5,361
Kawerau District Council
$5,227
Mackenzie District Council
$2,873
Kaikoura District Council
$2,735
Chatham Islands Council
$462

$3,042,023