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Waste Levy Fund

Have an idea or project that can help reduce waste in our district and help us move towards a Zero Waste circular economy?

Applications are now open, please follow this link to complete your application:

Apply here for the Waste Levy Fund 


New Plymouth District Council’s Waste Levy fund is open for applications twice a year for any local organisation, individual or group to implement waste reduction initiatives. Funds are sourced from the national levy on waste disposed to landfill and overseen by the Ministry for the Environment. 

Applications must consider the types and amount of waste being diverted, the demographics the project will reach and whether an existing organisation is delivering a similar service.

Eligibility criteria for NPDC’s Waste Levy Fund can be found below.


Application timeline:

  • Applications open: 1 February 2022
  • Applications close: 14 March 2022
  • Approval process by evaluation panel: March – April 2022
  • Notification of successful applicants: May 2022

The Waste Levy Fund will now be coordinated through an online funding platform. Please check at later date for further details.


Note: There are two proposed funding rounds each year. Round 1 is announced July/August and round 2 is announced January/February depending what is available under the Contestable Waste Levy Fund.



The purpose of the NPDC Waste Levy Fund is to boost the district’s performance in waste minimisation.

Your project should benefit New Plymouth District and lead to measurable reductions in waste to landfill, or other waste improvements. 


What will we fund?

Only waste minimisation projects are eligible for funding. Projects must promote or achieve waste reduction through initiatives that avoid, reuse, recycle or recover waste, or make use of resources diverted from landfill. 

Funded projects include but are not limited to: 

  • educational or behaviour change projects that promote waste minimisation activity to the public or a particular target audience
  • infrastructure that helps divert resources from landfill
  • projects focused on understanding existing waste quantities and composition, behaviour or economic incentives, as a precursor to effectively reducing waste and/or increasing reuse, recycling and recovery of waste materials
  • design of product stewardship schemes or other solutions that promote and achieve waste minimisation
  • other initiatives that contribute to the actions and strategic priorities of New Plymouth District Council and the NPDC Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Applicants can be individuals, businesses or groups, but must be based in the New Plymouth District.  


Funded projects must be:

New or expanded activities

  • projects must promote or achieve new waste minimisation activity, either by implementing new initiatives, or a significant expansion in the scope or coverage of existing activities
  • funding will not be awarded for existing activities or the running costs of existing activities of organisations, individuals, or groups.

Time bound

  • projects should be for a discrete timeframe, with results achieved within one year In some cases multi-year funding may be awarded, with milestones and reporting requirements throughout the funded period.


Funding requirements

Funding can be for operational or capital expenditure necessary to deliver a successful project.

Applications from individuals should be for a maximum of $15,000.

Applicants must secure funding from other sources (co-funding), as we will not cover the entire cost of the project. Note that in-kind funding is not considered co-funding. 

Please note that further evidence to support your applications may be requested throughout the Waste Levy funding process.

The level of reporting required will depend on the amount of funding NPDC approves. For projects/activities greater than $3,000 reporting will be required at key milestones, as well as a final outcomes report. For projects seeking less than $3,000 a final one-off report will be required. 


Assessment criteria for 2021 Waste Levy funding