Free Dr Compost workshops in Wanaka and Queenstown

DSC_6895 copyCompost can help your garden deal with these scorching summer temperatures. Adding compost to soil helps it retain moisture; meaning less watering and fewer wilting plants. Don’t forget to mulch your garden once you’ve composted and watered it (straw or a thin layer of dried grass clippings will do the trick).

About 30% of a rubbish bag is organic waste. Want to reduce your waste by setting up a composting system or just need some tips to get your system working better? Come to a free Get Composting workshop (funded by QLDC). The free Get Growing workshop will help you harvest greens and other crops through the winter.

Workshops start in Queenstown on Feb 24th and in Wanaka on March 17th.

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Holiday trolley action at Kahu Youth

DSC_7157 smallOur Enviroschools facilitator Si Williams supported a two day trolley building workshop at Kahu Youth. Two teams of young people designed, built and raced the trolleys down the golf course hill. Materials were sourced from the Wastebusters yard, and the young people got hands-on experience of design, physics, engineering and working as a team.

Wastebusters was stoked to support this Kahu Youth initiative as part of our contribution to creating resourceful communities. Click to see Si’s photos from Day One and Day Two on our facebook page.

$1 million plus

At the AGM, Wanaka Wastebusters Ltd was delighted to announce that our turnover for the 2014/2015 year was $1,159,579 and we made a surplus of $54,042.

Chair of the Board Sally Battson said that while the fire at Alexandra Wastebusters was a big setback, “we do not anticipate major adverse financial outcomes, given that the site was well insured and the insurance claims have been accepted.”

Read the full press release here.

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Vinyl craft ideas

We have boxes of old records for sale at the moment; so many that we’re selling them for just a dollar per record. There are some gems for vinyl lovers but there are also some that no-one is ever likely to play again. So what to do with old Val Doonican records and the like?

You can make some unusual craft with vinyl records – from bookends to butterflies to clocks. Could be a good way to spend a rainy school holiday day. Check out this DIY website for some ideas and tutorials. Just make sure that you choose records that have no future on the turntable.