COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund: Waste minimisation and resource recovery initiatives

Applications are currently closed

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund included funding for waste minimisation and resource recovery initiatives.

Amount funded

Approximately $100 million

Key dates

15 July 2020
Funding for waste minimisation infrastructure announced
1 July 2021
Funding round for weighbridges opened and ran to 4 August
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What was funded

Funding was allocated as part of a non-contestable application process for:

  • recycling and reprocessing plants for plastics, including optical sorting equipment
  • material and community resource recovery facilities, including equipment to divert more fibre and construction and demolition waste materials from landfill to beneficial use.

A contestable funding round was held specifically for weighbridges infrastructure investment.

Projects that received funding are either underway or expected to be underway in 2022.

Purpose of funding

The initiatives were funded to:

  • improve the quality and quantity of recycling collected and processed throughout the country
  • reduce construction and demolition waste and organic materials to landfill
  • improve the quality of waste data.

The funding of the initiatives supports our transition to a low waste, low carbon economy. 

Funding for plastic recycling and reprocessing plants, and resource recovery facilities

Recipient name, project name & location

Funding received & status

EcoCentral: Optical sorter (plastics) – Canterbury

Grant up to $1.8m 

Project in progress

EcoCentral: Optical and mechanical sorter (fibre) – Canterbury

Grant up to $15m 

Project in progress

Plasback: Plastics baling equipment – Northland, Bay of Plenty & Canterbury

Grant up to $0.442m 

Project at final stages of delivery

Auckland Council: Optical sorter (plastics) – Auckland

Grant up to $0.6m

Project completed

Auckland Council: Optical and mechanical sorter upgrade (fibre) – Auckland


Grant up to $16m

Project in progress

Envirowaste: Optical sorter (fibre and plastics) – Hamilton & New Plymouth

Grant up to $1.9m

Project in progress

Tauranga City Council – City Waste Infrastructure project – Bay of Plenty

Grant up to $20.5m

Project in progress

Weighbridge funding update

  • The Ministry called for contestable applications for weighbridge funding support in mid-2021.
  • The Ministry received 43 funding applications for 46 individual weighbridges.
  • The fund was heavily oversubscribed. There was $2.2 million in funding available. Collectively, applicants requested $3.99M in funding support.
  • An internal panel, administered by Manatū Mō Te Taiao, assessed all applications against the funding criteria.
  • The highest priority for funding was weighbridges at class 1 to 4 landfill sites directly subject to the waste levy.
  • Next on our priority list were weighbridges at transfer stations or resource recovery sites directly subject to the Waste Minimisation (Information Requirements) Regulations 2021.
  • A total of 24 weighbridge projects will be funded. 
  • The Ministry is working with individual recipients on Deeds of Funding. The projects will be delivered over the next one to two years. 

Funding for weighbridges

Weighbridge funding recipient

Funding received

Buller District Council

 $            100,000

Canterbury Environmental Solutions Limited

 $              50,000

Carterton District Council

 $            100,000

Central Hawke's Bay District Council

 $            100,000

Chatham Islands Council

 $            100,000

Far North District Council

 $            100,000

Green Gorilla (Auckland)

 $              52,000

Hauraki District Council

 $            100,000

Horowhenua District Council

 $            100,000

Hurunui District Council

 $            100,000

Kaipara District Council

 $            100,000

Manawatu District Council

 $            100,000

Marlborough District Council

 $            100,000

Matamata-Piako District Council

 $            100,000

Northland Regional Landfill Partnership Limited

 $              70,000

Opotiki District Council

 $            100,000

Porirua City Council

 $            100,000

South Waikato District Council

 $            100,000

Southland District Council

 $            100,000

Tasman District Council

 $            100,000

Taupo District Council

 $            100,000

Thames-Coromandel District Council

 $            100,000

Timaru District Council

 $            100,000

Whangarei District Council

 $              75,000


 $        2,247,000