The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 places responsibility on local government (territorial authorities) to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within their districts.

Apply for the Waste Minimisation Grant

Applications close at midnight on 28 May 2023.

Please check the eligibility of your request before filling out an application form.

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The Canterbury Waste Joint Committee is responsible for advancing regional solid waste and hazardous waste minimisation in Canterbury. Regional waste minimisation initiatives actioned by the Committee are in addition to member Councils' responsibilities as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and as set out in each Councils' respective waste minimisation plan.

For projects that have a local application only, please see your council for funding available. The following Councils are represented on the Committee. For more information on this regional fund, please contact your council and ask to speak to a waste staff member.

Environment Canterbury staff provide ongoing advice relating to minimising hazardous wastes and substances.

The Committee's Constituting Agreement [PDF, 23 KB] and Regional Waste Agreement [PDF, 7 KB] govern its operations. Decisions on grants are made by the elected members of the member Councils meeting as the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee, based on written Staff Group reports.

Projects supported by the Committee aim to link strategically with initiatives run by national organisations including WasteMINZ, Local Government NZ and the Ministry for the Environment. Government procurement can and should be used to support wider social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes.

Contact details

Email questions and applications to

The Committee annually invites proposals for suitable waste minimisation project proposals within the Canterbury region.

Proposals assessed to be of sufficient potential value and meeting the criteria set out below will be presented to the Committee. The total annual budget for all projects is $112,000.

  • Only waste minimisation projects with broad regional application in Canterbury will be considered. 
  • Individual grants will be limited to no more than $50,000 (excluding internal staff time).
  • Co-funding from other sources of a minimum of 40% of total project costs will be preferred. Where possible projects should demonstrate cross-sector support/participation and/or ongoing viability.
  • The applicant must be a legal entity.
  • Contribute towards one or more of: Waste avoidance; Reduction of waste to landfill; Recovery of resources.
  • Demonstrated ability by the applicant to deliver the project and relevant track record of applicant. 
  • Clearly identified measurability of outcomes.
  • Circular economy principles should be considered, where relevant (e.g. the whole lifecycle of a product is accounted for).
  • Projects fostering innovation are preferred.
  • Details of self-funding and co-funding contributions for the proposed project must be provided.
  • Online applications(external link) must be received by no later than 28 May 2023.
  • In June the Committee's Staff Group will assess applications to shortlist proposals. The Staff Group may request additional information or clarification.
  • The Staff Group will submit all applications received and evaluated to the Committee, plus a shortlist of proposed projects for consideration by the Committee.
  • In August the Committee will consider and select successful projects. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email of the outcome shortly thereafter.