Raglan to go plastic bag free with support from Meridian Energy

A community initiative focused on seeing Raglan become single-use plastic bag free has received backing from Meridian Energy.

Plastic Bag Free Raglan is a collaborative project run by Xtreme Zero Waste, Whaingaroa Environment Centre, Raglan Community board and Raglan Chamber of Commerce and aims to replace single-use plastic shopping bags with ethical eco bags.

Meridian has contributed $5700 to the project from its Te Uku Community Fund, with the funding to be used to supply Raglan households and businesses with alternatives to plastic shopping bags.

Raglan resident Rick Thorpe says it’s widely known how harmful plastic is to the environment. “Thousands of tourists visit Raglan annually to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and tourism underpins our local economy. By supplying the community with alternatives to plastic we are helping Raglan become a responsible environmental steward.”

In total, Meridian has awarded more than $23,000 to eight Raglan based projects in the latest round of funding from its Te Uku Community Fund.

Other projects to receive funding are:

  • LiteClub Raglan - $2303 to implement the LiteClub programme into two Raglan sports clubs. LiteClub is aimed at helping sports clubs reduce their environmental footprint and operate more efficiently.
  • Raglan Community Connections - $4000 to replace the community notice board with an LED sign.
  • Whaingaroa Environment Centre - $3426 for the Backyard Bounty project which aims to assist the community with growing their own food.
  • Raglan Community Patrol - $1500 to send representatives to the National Community Patrols Seminar in Nelson.
  • Raglan Community House Counselling Service - $4500 to assist with providing affordable and assessable counselling services to the Raglan community.
  • Raglan Kindergarten - $848 to provide new sand, equipment and toys for the kindergarten sandpit.
  • Raglan Community Radio - $922 for an ergonomic chair for the studio and bumper stickers.

Meanwhile, Meridian’s community relations manager Carly Anderson is delighted to announce Meridian will support the local community through the Te Uku Community Fund for another three years. “We recognise how important the communities are in the areas where we generate power, and the community funds are our way of celebrating this relationship with you.”

From July 2016 funding for the Te Uku Community Fund will be $96,000 over three years with Meridian to hold one funding round each year.

To find out more about the Meridian community funds visit https://www.meridianenergy.co.nz/about-us/community-support/community-funds.