Come work with us

Are you enthusiastic, friendly and hard-working, with experience in customer service and selling second-hand goods and a passion for zero waste? If the answer is yes, you could be our new Reuse Customer Service Sales Assistant. This is a full-time job in our Wanaka store; receiving, sorting and selling donated goods. You must be able to work weekends.

You can download an application form and job description here, or pick one up from the Wanaka shop. Please email the completed application form to katy@wastebusters.co.nz or drop it back to the shop by 25th February. Call Katy on 021 154 5511 if you have any questions.

Origami star

star-web-copy-2Want to make your own upcycled origami star? Find some pretty discarded paper (a matt finish works better than shiny paper) and cut a pentagon. You can use this template or watch this youtube clip. Then place your paper face down and follow these folding instructions. Sourced from www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com

50% off Bokashi buckets

Want a convenient, easy and pretty much idiot-proof way to compost? Bokashi buckets and “zing” sawdust will help you get food waste out of your rubbish bin and turn it into a resource for your garden. Queenstown Lakes District Council will pay 50% of the start-up cost for Queenstown Lakes residents and rate-payers. So pop into Wanaka Wastebusters (or Shotover Garden Centre in Queenstown) and pick a starter kit up for $56. We’re open 9am-5pm every day.

For tips on how to use the Bokashi system, check out Dr Compost’s Youtube clip.

Making cents

Bottle driveYou know that bit on the back of the bottle about getting a 10c refund in South Australia? Well, there’s a new campaign to get a recycling refund system here in New Zealand too. The Great Kiwi Bottle Drive wants to bring back a 10c recycling refund for all beverage containers (including glass and plastic bottles, and cans).

We know that recycling refunds push up beverage container recycling rates to 85% (ours is currently 40%) and drastically reduce litter.

If you think it’s a good idea, sign the petition here.