Join the Wasties crew

img_0985Have you got a Class 2 license or are keen to get one? Wastebusters in Wanaka is looking for fit, self-motivated, hardworking and friendly drivers to collect recycling from local businesses. A sense of humour and local knowledge is an advantage, full training is available for the right person.

Download an application form here or pick one up from the Wastebusters shop (open 9am-5pm, seven days). Email it back to bis@wanakawastebusters.co.nz or drop it into the shop. For more info, ring Bis on 027 322 9671

Bokashi subsidy – 50% off

bokashi spono poster copyWant 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, but only until the end of this month or until we run out of Bokashi starter kits, whichever comes first. So pop into Wanaka Wastebusters today and pick a starter kit up for $53, we’re open 9am-5pm every day.

For tips on how to use the Bokashi system, check out Dr Compost’s Youtube clip.

It’s time…

DSC_9277We are proud to support Plastic Bag Free Wanaka in their campaign to make Wanaka plastic bag free by 2019. You can buy your very own Wanaka Bag in our shop, and at other outlets around town, for just $10.

We are seeing momentum gathering like an out of control snowball to tackle the 1.6 billion plastic bags we use in NZ every year. Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin councils are asking for a levy on bags – people want action all round the country! It’s time to change.

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.