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? 

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. 

Eligibility criteria for NPDC’s Waste Levy Fund can be found below, along with an application form. The next round of applications close on 13 September 2021. 

Application timeline:

  • Applications open: 1 August 2021
  • Applications close: 13 September 2021
  • Approval process by evaluation panel: September – October 2021
  • Notification of successful applicants: November 2021 

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. 

Completed applications should be emailed to zerowasteevents@npdc.govt.nz by 5pm on 28 February 2021 with the subject ‘Waste Levy Application February 2021’.

Assessment criteria for 2021 Waste Levy funding 

1. Strategic alignment

To support organisations and individuals to undertake waste minimisation initiatives. 

Projects must align with as many of the requirements on the eligibility checklist as possible:

  • will be delivered in the New Plymouth District;
  • promotes or achieves waste minimisation;
  • provides benefits to present and future needs of the district;
  • results in new waste minimisation solutions (new initiative or expansion of existing initiative);
  • is not for ongoing financial support of existing activities or running costs;
  • is for a discrete timeframe with outcomes in the next 12 months;
  • and funding applied for does not cover the entire cost of the project, with part funding from other sources identified.

2. Strategic value

Projects will be assessed for their strategic value in achieving and promoting waste minimisation in an ongoing way.

Strategic value means the likely ability of projects to act as ‘catalysts that enhance and extend the uptake of waste minimisation’.

3. Benefits

What benefits will your project achieve? The assessment of the effectiveness of the projects will include the extent projects can demonstrate:

  • Likelihood of success.
  • Reduction of harm to the environment.
  • Reduction in the volume of waste disposed of.
  • Economic, environmental, social or cultural benefits.
  • Longer term benefits after the completion of the project.
  • Alignment to waste minimisation activities, with outcomes consistent with the circular economy concept.
  • Consideration of climate change impacts arising from waste-related activities.

4. Ability to deliver

Do you or your organisation have the ability to deliver a successful project?

Clearly outline in your proposal your organisation’s ability to successfully deliver the project’s stated benefits. We recommend your application shows the following points:

  • The project team has the appropriate and relevant skills and experience to deliver success.
  • How the effectiveness of the project will be monitored, evaluated and reported. 
  • How the project will be used to promote waste minimisation to the wider public or a specific target group.
  • How the project will be self-sustaining especially if the funding is for the establishment phase of a longer-term project.
  • How the project will measure and report on the benefits achieved through funding.

5. Budget

A comprehensive budget is provided that:

  • Gives details of estimated project costs and funding sources.
  • Includes all costs of the overall project, not just the costs you are seeking Waste Levy funding for.
  • Is accurate in all budget calculations and projections.