Rejoice, reuse, recycle

dsc_4667-copyToo much recycling for your kerbside bin over the festive season? Bring it down to us at Wastebusters  – it costs just $1 in Wanaka for a crate of household recycling (and it’s free in Alexandra – thanks to CODC funding). We’re open 9am-5pm, every day this summer except Christmas Day. Don’t forget to have a browse in our massive op shop while you’re here, you never know what you’ll find. We’re on the corner of Ballantyne Rd and Riverbank Rd in Wanaka or at the end of Boundary Rd in Alexandra.

Fair Go

fairgoWe loved this Fair Go special on plastic waste (and no, not just because we were in it!) Plastic sneaks into every corner of our lives, and the impact it has on our rivers and oceans  is scary. Choosing not to use single-use plastic is one big step you can take to reduce plastic in our environment.

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

Kaikoura clean up

iwkOur buddies in Kaikoura, Innovative Waste Kaikoura, are responsible for dealing with all the waste in their town. Like us, they’re a community recycling enterprise which is committed to zero waste, and normally they divert about 75% of the town’s waste from landfill. They now have a massive job cleaning up after the earthquake and making sure as much as possible can be reused and recycled. If you want to help, you can make a donation at their Give a Little page. Kia kaha IWK.