The Point of Order Trough Monitor sniffed out the handouts of small sums of public money in the press statement from Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, when she announced the Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products – including plastic packaging, tyres and e-waste – before they become waste.
We say “small sums”, but only because they are paltry when stacked against the multi-million-dollar grants which the Government increasingly is dishing out in the name of job creation and restoration of the economy as the general election nears.
Auckland-based TechCollect will receive a $320,000 grant from the Waste Minimisation Fund for building on its successful e-waste pilot programme, expanding to more collection points and designing options for a regulated e-waste product stewardship scheme.
“TechCollect represents product stewardship in action. TechCollect reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfills and the amount of raw materials needing to be mined by collecting electronic goods, such as computers and TVs at the end of their life and recovering valuable materials” said Eugenie Sage. Continue reading “When the cause is waste minimisation, it’s appropriate that the minister isn’t too lavish with her handouts”