$60,000 in support of waste reduction

Urban Grind eatery and bar manager Jennifer Rynearson makes a coffee in a reusable and recyclable...
Urban Grind eatery and bar manager Jennifer Rynearson makes a coffee in a reusable and recyclable cup, a waste-reduction idea that was started by a former barista. Wanakup is one of 11 organisations awarded part of the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s $60,000 fund for encouraging waste minimisation. PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH
A building company, a Queenstown four-star hotel and a Wanaka Community workshop were three of the nine successful applicants to receive funding from the Queenstown Lakes District Council for projects designed to reduce waste in the Lakes region.

Council general manager, property and infrastructure, Pete Hansby said a total of $60,000 would be distributed between the nine applicants from the Waste Minimisation Community Fund (WMCF).

The projects included reducing construction landfill waste, reducing commercial food waste, reducing single-use plastics, waste education and workshops.

Mr Hansby said the fund was created in response to a call for the council to support more community-driven initiatives.

“We are lucky to have such an engaged and passionate community.

‘‘These projects span a wide range, from pre-school children to community workshops and commercial waste,” Mr Hansby said.

The successful applicants were Hilton Hotel, KiwiHarvest, Maebelle Homes, Naylor Love Central Otago, Queenstown Preschool and Nursery, Sustainable Queenstown Charitable Trust, The Better Building Group (a working group of Wao Charitable Trust),Wanaka Community Workshop Trust and Wanakup


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