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Govt invests $1.56m in food waste projects

23rd July 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

The government is pumping a total of $1.56m into five projects to help address food waste.

Environment minister David Parker announced yesterday that the Waste Minisation Fund would invest in two food waste and three compost projects this year in an effort to combat the circa 300,000 tonnes of food thrown away by households every year.

KiwiHarvest would receive $153,000 for three new sites; 0800 Hungry Ministries in Christchurch would get $67,012 to replace 15-year-old delivery vans used in their food rescue operations; and $92,250 is earmarked for Community Compost Ltd to expand current composting operations in Nelson.

The final two investment are to CBEC (Community Business and Environment Centre) EcoSolutions, which operates in Northland and gets $400,000 to install 12 community composting hubs and 1,200 home composting systems; and BioRich in Napier, which would receive $850,000 to expand existing composting operations in Hawke’s Bay.



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