Grants for wise waste ideas

Have you got a great idea to help minimise waste in our city? Bring it to life with a grant by applying to our Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund before 16 October.

We’re offering funding of up to $5000 to empower community groups, residents groups, schools and non-profit organisations take action and develop ideas around waste and make a difference in their local area.

Grants of up to $25,000 will be available for startups, including social enterprise startups, and for universities, including students and researchers, to bring new thinking to our waste challenges.

To apply, visit Waste grants.

Further funding of up to $100,000 will be awarded to waste-minimisation focused proposals submitted by small businesses and social enterprises during another recent grant round.

To read about a grant recipient achieving great success in the reduction of plastic packaging, head to Local business saved 85,000 single-use bowls.

Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment portfolio, Councillor Cathy Oke said that it’s important that Council support residents and community groups that are trying to avoid creating waste.

‘Residents and businesses are overwhelmingly telling us they want reduce their environmental impact and we want to respond to their goodwill,’ Cr Oke said.

‘The fund will support community groups and innovators who are working to solve our waste problem together.’

Applicants need to demonstrate how they will benefit from Council’s waste and recycling systems. The grants can be used for both new projects and existing initiatives.

Councillor Oke said the fund was just one way Council was working towards building a circular economy.

‘A circular economy is where everything has value and nothing is wasted,’ Cr Oke said.

‘Whether it’s home composting and using worm farms to reduce organic waste, or coming up with a solution for glass recycling, we can all have an impact.’

Moving to a circular economy will contribute to our plan to transition to 90 per cent waste diverted from landfill as outlined in our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. To find out more, visit Waste.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the developed world, we need to work together to get smarter about waste. To find out how to create less waste in your daily life, visit Seven top tips to reduce your waste.