Gina’s Plastic Free Blog (Week 3 & 4)

Wed 29 July

rice ballsDo you know the best $1.99 I ever spent? Ironically it was for something plastic – but one that gets used every day in our house. It’s a rice ball press – a little triangle which you put sushi rice into it and press it down into a professional looking rice ball (well, actually a rice triangle but that name doesn’t have quite the same ring). …read more

A future for Central Otago Wastebusters

20150630_154040 (1)From July 1st, Wanaka Wastebusters has taken over Central Otago Wastebusters. We will run the Wastebusers reuse shop and business recycling in Alexandra, and will employ eight local staff. CODC have given us a three year contract to run most of the Central Otago recycling drop-offs. This recognises the value of keeping community enterprise in town; bringing jobs and a culture of waste minimisation. Today Central Otago, tomorrow the world!

Plastic Free Blog (Week 2)

Monday 20th July

bamboo strawsDid you know straws are one of the top 10 types of rubbish picked up during coastline clean-ups by the Ocean Conservancy group in the US. Here in NZ, 72% of the rubbish picked up by Sustainable Coastlines is single-use plastics.

I talked to a marine scientist from Massey University recently who said it’s common to find plastic in the stomachs of dead marine turtles. They eat the plastic thinking it’s food, and then it can’t pass through their digestive systems. Isn’t that awful! …read more

Dr Compost advice

Dr Compost workshops are now finished until next spring. If you have a composting question that you’d like answered before then, you can email Dr Compost (Ben Elms) at

The Dr Compost home-composting project is funded by QLDC and delivered by Wanaka Wastebusters. It reduces food and garden waste going to landfill, where it decomposes and releases methane, a harmful climate change gas.