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Wanaka Workshops coming up this week at the St John’s Rooms, 4 Link Way

Winter Gardening workshop  Wednesday 14th March, 6-8pm

Harvest fresh, free veggies through the winter. Top crops & microclimates

Easy Ways to Compost workshop   Wednesday 21st March, 6-8pm

Find out which system would suit you best. Reduce waste to landfill & feed your soil

Read Dr Compost’s latest musings on growing soil and in-ground worm farms published in the Otago Daily Times:

“Getting a wriggle on”

“The good oil on good soil”

Queenstown Lakes District Council fund the Dr Compost project to reduce organic waste going to landfill, where it can release methane, a climate change gas. Great to see them supporting zero waste and sharing the compost love in our communities.

Recycling Truck Driver – based in Wanaka or Alex

Wastebusters is looking for a fit, self-motivated, friendly truck driver to collect recycling from businesses in Central Otago. If you’d like to be part of a great team, exercise while you get paid and work for zero waste, then this is the job for you.

You’ll have a Class 2 license or be an experienced driver dreaming of a bigger truck. Full training and support available.

Download an application form here  and email it with a CV to Or bring your CV and fill in an application form at one of our Wastebusters shops. You can read the job description here.

Wanaka shop – Cnr Riverbank Rd & Ballantyne Rd

Alexandra shop – Boundary Rd

Open 9am – 5pm seven days

50% off Bokashi buckets

Want 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. So pop into Wanaka Wastebusters (or Shotover Garden Centre in Queenstown) and pick a starter kit up for $56. We’re open 9am-5pm every day.

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

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.