Open 1pm – 5pm on ANZAC Day

20160324_125818 tinyWastebusters shop and recycling centre will be open 1pm-5pm on ANZAC Day, Monday 25th April. Pop in and see us in Alexandra (Boundary Rd) or Wanaka (corner of Riverbank & Ballantyne Rd).

Enjoy some browsing and treasure-hunting time, do your recycling or drop off all those extra things that are cluttering up your house.


Win over $300 of local goodies and stop this ugly sight

plastic bag tinyAre you creative and hate seeing plastic bags littering our environment? Plastic Bag Free Wanaka is running a competition to design a logo/picture to go on a local reusable bag. You’ll win over $300 of goodies from iconic local companies like Paradiso, Red Star, The People’s Bread and even Wastebusters! Email your design in high res pdf to

Here are the criteria:

  • Design must be Wanaka specific to appeal to locals, tourists and store owners.
  • Design must have great aesthetics and be effective in conveying a plastic bag free town
  • Your winning design will be used for the Plastic Bag Free Wanaka campaign.

Successful Apple Drive

20160403_103843 (1) copyThe Great Autumn Apple Drive and Local Food Fair organised by Local Food Wanaka drew together over 130 people to chop, mulch, juice and learn. Around a tonne of apples were made into juice and chutney – most of which would have rotted on the ground otherwise.

The workshops were very popular too – and it was a great community celebration of the harvest. A huge thanks to all the workshop presenters who donated their time and to Rippon for the beautiful venue.

Polystyrene recycling

What’s an iceberg doing in Wanaka? No iceberg here, it’s part of a loadout of 2.2 tonnes of polystrene we sent off to be recycled this month. We’re one of the few recyclers who handle polystyrene, and we’ve got a special machine which crushes and compresses it by 40 times.

We don’t make money on it – but we do it to reduce waste going to landfill. This load out was the equivalent of 4400 fish boxes – so you can see why we make the effort! iceberg small