Work at Wastebusters

Friendly, hard-working and positive Reuse Customer Service Superstars wanted to receive, sort and sell stuff in our busy Wanaka shop and yard. Like the rest of our epic team, you’ll be friendly, hard-working and positive with experience in customer service And of course, you have to have a great sense of humour and a passion for zero waste.

You must be available for weekend work and able to legally work 6 months in NZ. Find out more in the job description here or call Bif 021 177 6824 for more info.

To apply, download a job application here or pick one up from the Wastebusters shop. You can either email your job application back to or drop it back off at the shop. What are you waiting for??

EOI communications/behaviour change specialist

Wastebusters is an innovative community enterprise based in Wanaka with the mission of leading the way to zero waste. We are expecting 2019 to be a big year for our communications team. We’re looking for Expressions of Interest from people with communications/behaviour change expertise who would like to work hard, have fun and help make zero waste a reality!

Skills we are seeking include:

  • Behaviour change
  • Community engagement
  • Communications (internal and external)
  • Relationship management
  • Copy-writing
  • Media liaison
  • Social media
  • Event management

Email with a brief outline of your skills and work experience plus a CV and paragraph about why you would like to work for Wastebusters. We will email you the job description and an application form in early 2019.

Container refunds for recycling – bring it on

Have you ever read the back of a bottle and seen that it’s worth 10c in South Australia? We are really keen to see a similar refund system for all drink bottles and cans in New Zealand.

Container deposit-refund systems lead to extremely high recycling rates (up to 99% in Germany) and extremely low contamination rates. They also achieve extremely low litter rates – after all, most of us will pick up 10c if we see it lying in the gutter. In Norway, 97% of all plastic bottles are recycled, 92% to such a high standard they are turned back into drink bottles.

Rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and dance!

For anyone that hasn’t seen the Wastebusters movie ad – here it is! Of course we’d still recommend a night out at Cinema Paradiso to see it in full-screen glory (and to enjoy a home-made cookie or ice-cream). A massive thanks to Rachel Erichsen and the DANCE OUT LOUD School of Dance crew who made us look more coordinated than we really are, to Joe Murdie from The Film Crew Ltd who stayed calm no matter what crazy ideas we came up with, and especially to the Wastebusters crew who made it all work. Love you all!