The fund has been established to support councils in Northern Ireland to increase and sustain diversion of household waste and local authority collected municipal waste from landfill through recycling and re-use and to improve the quality of recyclates. This in turn will contribute to meeting statutory recycling targets and support the resource efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals set out in ‘Delivering Resource Efficiency: Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy’ and the Waste Management Plans of councils and waste management groups. The Rethink Waste campaign aims to raise awareness and encourage better waste prevention and resource management in Northern Ireland to boost resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate environmental impact.
Proposals are invited to bid for the Fund which totals at least £1.67 million for 2014/15. Individual payments will vary according to demonstrated needs. Up to 100% of the the agreed capital costs may be funded at the discretion of the assessment panel, which will recommend awards based on overall best value for money.
All Northern Ireland councils are eligible to apply for funding. Councils may apply individually, as partnerships or through the three Northern Ireland Waste Management Groups (arc21, North West Region Waste Management Group and the Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP2008)). Private sector or third sector organisations cannot apply directly to the Fund, however applications are welcomed from councils working in partnership with other organisations.
Capital items only will be funded; the Fund will not provide revenue support and applications must clearly demonstrate that the council/partnership will provide approprate operating costs.
Capital items can include:
- Collection containers/bins (including kitchen caddies for food waste.
- Vehicles, except where they will be used solely for collection of residual waste.
- Site improvement works including signage.
- Home composting bins.
- Vehicle signage mountings (and panels supplied with those mountings).
The 2014/15 Fund will be operated as a scheduled open call for bids. The final deadline for receipt of applications is 28 July 2014.