Wastebusters gears up to reopen

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Wastebusters will reopen its Wanaka and Alexandra branches on Friday under strict Alert Level 2 guidelines.
A staff-only day is taking place at Wastebusters on Thursday to make sure systems are in place to safely operate.
Communications co-ordinator Ruth Blunt said that included a compulsory sign-in system for contact tracing, social distancing of 1m, frequent cleaning of high-use surfaces, hand sanitiser before entering the Wanaka shop and a maximum number of people in the shop at any one time.

She said a lot of drawers and cupboards had been cleaned out during lockdown so she was expecting a “huge influx of donations” when doors reopen.
People are encouraged to be patient during that busy time.
They can also assist by waiting a few days or weeks before dropping donations off.
“Before you drop off goods, give them a quick once-over. Treat Wasties like a friend and only donate goods you’d give to a friend (eg no holey or stained clothes).”
People with large loads to donate are asked to call ahead of time to find out when it would be best to make their delivery.
Wastebusters also recycles items such as cans, glass, plastic bottles graded as 1 or 2, plastic containers graded as 5 and dry cardboard and paper.