Repair or recycle

Sometimes it seems like it’s easier to throw things away than to mend them. But there are businesses who can help, and remember one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure!

Wastebusters (Cnr Riverbank and Ballantyne Roads

  • you can drop off a huge range of recyclables here, including some hard-to-recycle or unusual items like polystyrene, batteries, broken electronics, textiles, building materials and hardware (sometimes for a small fee)
  • there is also an extensive reuse store where you can find heaps of second-hand items for bargain prices, everything from clothing, kitchenware, appliances, toys, bikes to wood offcuts, scrap metal, nuts and bolts

Metalworks Wanaka (54 Ballantyne Road)

  • if you have a broken item made of metal, Metalworks can fix it, from coffee plungers to tools
  • they also repair and repurpose materials whenever possible, and finish their work with biodegradable materials where possible