Dr Compost answers your questions

DSC_3357 copyAs Ben couldn’t be at the autumn workshops, he promised to answer any tricky questions that came up. If you have any other veggie gardening or composting questions, email him on drcompost@wanakawastebusters.co.nz

Can I use raspberry canes in compost?

Yes, raspberry canes are a fantastic carbon source. Cut them into 2 to 5cm pieces, fiddly with secateurs but easy with a chipper.  You could also chop up with a sharp spade. Another option is to cut up/chip canes and put them directly under the raspberry vines; imitating a woodland edge environment, returning carbon back to the soil and encouraging beneficial fungal activity. Add some manure and straw over winter and your canes will love you.

How much ash should I put in cold compost?

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Teamleader wanted for Alexandra

Wastebusters in Alexandra is looking for a customer service superstar who can successfully lead a team. You’ll need to be:

• passionate about zero waste

• team player and leader

• a physically fit, jack of all trades

Job will be 4-5 days a week, including weekends. Class 2 licence (or keenness to get) is desirable. Applications close 24th March 2017.

Download an application form or pick one up from the Wastebusters Alexandra shop, Boundary Rd. Any queries, call Lauree, our Wastebusters Alex site manager, on 022 199 8204 or Katy, our human resources manager, on 021 154 5511.

Rejoice, reuse, recycle

dsc_4667-copyToo much recycling for your kerbside bin? 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, seven days (closed Good Friday 14th April and ANZAC morning 25th April).

Don’t forget to have a browse in our massive op shop while you’re here, you never know what you need until you find it. We’re on the corner of Ballantyne Rd and Riverbank Rd in Wanaka or at the end of Boundary Rd in Alexandra.

P** off plastic

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.

Plastic Bag Free Wanaka is keen to make our town plastic bag free by 2017. Facebook friend them to keep up with events.