Taking on Central Otago Wastebusters

20150421_152954 smallCentral Otago Wastebusters in Alexandra might have to close down. We’ve been investigating whether Wanaka Wastebusters could turn it around. It would be a lot of work but worth it if we could keep social enterprise and waste minimisation strong in our region. Our first priority is keep Wanaka Wastebusters secure, so we’re taking as much time as we need to. Read the ODT story from Sat here.  

Nepal Earthquake – Helambu, Solu Khumbu Relief Fund

truckWe are supporting the Nepal Earthquake – Helambu, Solu Khumbu Relief Fund set up by Sophie Ward (our former project manager) and her husband Mal Haskins. Sophie and Mal are both incredibly energetic and organised. All the money raised will get aid and supplies to remote Nepalese communities. You can donate in the shop or online at Givealittle. Listen to Mal talking about the situation in Nepal on NZ National Radio.

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 drcompost@wanakawastebusters.co.nz

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.

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Bokashi joy

bokashi spono poster copyWe’re delighted that QLDC is currently subsidising 50 percent off Bokashi buckets starter kits. This is a limited offer, so don’t delay.

You’ll only pay $53 for a starter kit (if you live in the Queenstown Lakes District area or pay rates here i.e. own a bach). Bokashi uses micro-organisms to ferment food waste before it’s dug into the ground, read more about it here.

You can buy subsidised Bokashi kits here at Wanaka Wastebusters or from the Shotover Garden Centre in Queenstown.