‘Waste jam’ weekend to address rubbish issues

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Maximising minimisation . . . Audacious student programme manager Rachel Butler and Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Leadership for Change learning facilitator Ray O'Brien relax in front of the work The Great Filter in The Hub in North Dunedin last week. The work by Dunedin School of Art student Tori Clearwater is made from 810 tiles, each tile representing a tonne of the rubbish entering the ocean every year. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

An oversubscribed “waste jam” event is set to hit Dunedin this weekend.

Audacious student programme manager Rachel Butler said Dunedin City Council allocates up to $40,000 a year for innovation and development in minimising waste but the council receives few applications.

In a bid to get more people applying for the fund, a “waste jam weekend” was being held.

The inaugural two-day event will be held at The Hub in Otago Polytechnic from tomorrow (Saturday).

The event had been popular and was oversubscribed, Ms Butler said.

About 60 people would work in teams at the sold-out event to create new initiatives to minimise waste and submit ideas to the council for funding.

“The response has been overwhelming . . . we’ve got kids, teenagers, students and chief executives.”

The event is hosted by Startup Dunedin – an initiative funded by the council, polytechnic and University of Otago.

Participants would create small, self-selected teams around the issues they would like to spend the weekend exploring, collaborating with like-minded individuals, outside of their daily networks. The teams would brainstorm, business plan and create a funding application to submit for the council to consider.

Otago Polytechnic Bachelors of Leadership for Change learning facilitator Ray O’Brien, a co-facilitator for the weekend, said the event would bring together a range of workshop methods for defining a problem and “getting people active to make change”.