Customer service superstars wanted* (Positions now filled)

Do you love to have fun while giving stuff a new life? We’re hiring new staff for our Reuse Shop and Yard in Wanaka. Like the rest of our epic team, you’ll have a great sense of humour and be friendly, hard-working and positive. You’ll also have experience in customer service and a passion for […]

Easter opening hours

Wastebusters will be closed on Easter Friday so these crazy characters can get a sleep-in and enjoy some hot-cross buns with their families and friends. We’ll be open our normal hours (9am-5pm) during the rest of Easter, including Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. On Anzac Day (Thursday April 25th) we will open late at 1pm. […]


Upcycling is a great way to transform something past its best into a useful object. It’s also a great chance to talk to your children about reducing waste and making things last longer. T-shirt bags can be made with minimal equipment – all you need is an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors. We […]

Wasties Ski Sale

What an amazing opening weekend! Hundreds of people came to our annual ski and snowboard sale on Saturday and picked up gear for the snow season. We still have lots of preloved skis, snowboards, boots, jackets, pants, gloves, goggles and more, so come along to Wastebusters, check out all the gear in our new dome […]

Get your free composting workshop tickets today

The free Winter Veggie workshops and Easy Ways to Compost workshops are booking out fast, so don’t miss out. You can reserve a place through the Dr Compost Facebook page or the eventbrite website. If you want to be first to know about future workshops, email to get on the email list. You can also catch up with Dr […]

Wastebusters needs you!

Our back yard recycling team is gearing up for the busy summer ahead so we are employing extra staff. Looking for people with a sense of humour and decent dance moves who enjoy helping people out and working with a team keen on zero waste. We need you to be available over the Xmas and New […]

Wastebusters AGM’s Thursday 29th Nov

What’s better than a Wastebusters AGM? Two Wastebusters AGM’s!! Come along on Thursday 29th Nov in Cromwell Friends of Wanaka Wastebusters AGM at 6pm Wanaka Wastebusters Ltd AGM at 6.30pm Venue: Cromwell & Districts Presbyterian Church (Bannockburn Room) 10 Elspeth Street, Cromwell Copies of the annual reports available at the meetings.

Container refunds for recycling

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 […]

Get gardening and composting with Dr Compost

Growing your own veggies is a great source of cheap, healthy and super-fresh food, and it can be a great way to reduce waste too. No more plastic packaging to take home, plus you can transform all your garden and kitchen waste into rich compost for the garden. Dr Compost has been doing it all […]

Do you want to say goodbye to plastic bags?

The Government has proposed banning single use plastic bags – but they want to hear what you think. It’s not a done deal, so it’s well worth putting in a submission. You can do a submission in as little as five minutes, and you’re welcome to use the Plastic Bag Free Wanaka/Wastebusters submission as a […]