Spring Dr Compost workshops

Dr Compost workshops are back!

Growing Veggies – get started with raised beds or find out how to improve your harvest. How to grow and transplant seedlings, how to build a raised bed and top crops to grow.

Wanaka – Wed 1st Nov 6-8pm at St John’s Rooms, 4 Link Way

Queenstown – Thurs 2nd Nov, 6-8pm at Shotover Garden Centre 150 Ladies Mile-Frankton Highway (SH6)

Easy ways to compost – looking at traditional “cold” composting, Bokashi buckets and worm farms. Feed your soil by harnessing the power of fermentation, bacteria and worms. Find a method to suit you, no smell, no fuss.

Wanaka – Wed 8th Nov 6-8pm at St John’s Rooms, 4 Link Way

Queenstown – Thurs 9th Nov, 6-8pm at Shotover Garden Centre 150 Ladies Mile-Frankton Highway (SH6)

All workshops are free. The Dr Compost programme is funded by QLDC and delivered by Wastebusters to reduce organic waste to landfill.

Jobs, jobs, jobs

We’re looking for enthusiastic, friendly, hardworking people with a sense of humour to join the Wasties crew!

Back yard recycling team – processing

Short-term and long-term staff wanted to help sort and process recycling to high quality standards. Part-time and full-time positions are available.

Recycling Truck Drivers – Wanaka & Alexandra

Fit, self-motivated and friendly drivers wanted to collect recycling from local businesses in Central Otago. Local knowledge is an advantage.

You’ll have a Class 2 license or you’ll be an experienced driver dreaming of moving up to a bigger truck. Full training and support available. Full-time or part-time, can be seasonal.

Read the job description here.. For more info, call Bis 027 322 9675 or email recycle@wanakawastebusters.co.nz

How to apply for a job with us

If one of these jobs sounds like you, print this application form and email it with a cover letter to katy@wanakawastebusters.co.nz or drop it into our Alex or Wanaka shop. You can also pick up a printed copy of the application form from our shops.

(The Wastebusters shops are open 9am-5pm, seven days. Find us here). 

Vote for change on plastic bags

Research is finding that tiny bits of plastic are spread all through our world: in salt, tap water and sand. We need to rethink our use of disposable plastics – and you can help.

New World are asking people whether they want to see a charge on single use supermarket plastic bags. You can vote for a 10c charge at www.bagvote.co.nz before 8th October. New World have committed to bringing in a charge if the majority vote for it.

A small charge has resulted in an 80% (or more) drop in usage of plastic supermarket bags everywhere it’s been introduced overseas. It’s a really effective way of making people remember their bags – after all, we all love a freebie which makes it easy to take a bag if they’re free. Read Gina’s article giving 10 reasons for a 10c charge here..

Over 40 countries have already taken action on plastic bags, so action here in New Zealand is overdue – especially because we’re using 1.6 billion plastic bag a year! If you want change on plastic bags, put your vote in now and tell your friends.