Bring the family down to Wastebusters for a zero waste experience. Wander round our funky & sustainable reuse shop or watch the recycling team in action. Meet Mr Manly, the Wastebusters cat and admire the giant metal kea made from knives and forks.

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Everyone finds something to love in our giant reuse store: from designer clothes to jewellery, sports gear to board games, books to frocks. New things are donated every day to Wastebusters by our generous community, so you can always find a bargain. By shopping at Wastebusters, you’re shopping without waste and giving resources a second chance. 

Wastebusters runs two reuse and recycling centres, one in Wanaka and one an hour down the road in Alexandra. As well as running our huge reuse shops (a.k.a container courtyard in Alex), we collect and sort recycling with care so it will be a useful input into new products. We also operate a recycling drop-off where you can recycle a crate full of household recycling (glass, plastic, cans, paper and/or cardboard) for just $2.

As a community enterprise, any money Wastebusters makes is spent on bringing zero waste closer to reality. We support local groups such as Plastic Bag Free Wanaka who are motivating our community to find alternatives to single use plastic. And we try and make big things happen, like bringing back 10 cent refunds in New Zealand for recycling drink bottles and cans, and shifting to a circular economy. 

So if you love stuff, and hate waste, come down, get inspired, have a chat and maybe find a treasure to take home. Wastebusters is open 9am - 5pm seven days (only closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac morning on 25th April).


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Corner Ballantyne Rd & Riverbank Rd, Wanaka

Mon-Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
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