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Want to harvest fresh veggies from your garden through winter? Dr Compost’s free Winter Veggie workshop will help you make the most of new and existing microclimates in your garden, and give you local tips on what crops to plant and when to get them in the ground.
The following week is the Easy Ways to Compost workshop, which will get you producing excellent compost to feed your soil and reduce your waste going to landfill.

Queenstown Workshops at Shotover Garden Centre, 150 Frankton Ladies-Mile Highway

Queenstown Winter Gardening workshop – Wednesday 28th February, 6-8pm

Queenstown Easy Ways to Compost workshop –  Wednesday 7th March6-8pm

Wanaka Workshops at St John’s Rooms, 4 Link Way

Wanaka Winter Gardening workshop – Wednesday 14th March, 6-8pm

Wanaka Easy Ways to Compost workshop –  Wednesday 21st March6-8pm

Queenstown Lakes District Council fund the Dr Compost project to reduce organic waste going to landfill, where it can release methane, a climate change gas. Great to see them supporting zero waste and sharing the compost love in our communities.

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 or drop it back to the shop by 25th February. Call Katy on 021 154 5511 if you have any questions.

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.