Reduce, reuse and repair
This page introduces our initiatives to help you reduce, reuse and repair.
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We are hosting our Annual Sustainability Day at Hackney Town Hall, and Hackney Service Centre on Sunday, 23 October, from 10am to 3pm.
This is a low waste, zero single-use plastic event where you can get advice on energy-saving and sustainable living.
The event is free to attend and open to all.
Check out all the amazing sustainable campaigns, initiatives, and organisations working in Hackney.
Join this fun-filled, family-friendly day full of:
- demos and more
What’s on offer on the day
The #ZeroWasteHackney challenge is back in September 2022. Join the challenge to minimise your waste and be in with a chance of winning credits to spend towards borrowing useful household goods for cleaning, gardening, DIY, and more from the Library of Things.
- £50 credit for first prize
- £25 credit for second prize
- £20 credit for third prize
- £15 credit for the most improved
- £15 credit for the most engaged
There will be an extra £5 towards borrowing things for completing the 4-week challenge.
- Saturday 10 September, 11 am to 3 pm – Grazebrook School, Lordship Rd, London N16 0QP
- Saturday 26 November, 11 am to 3 pm – Thomas Fairchild School, Forston St, London N1 7HA
Reuse and repair pop-up events allow you to:
- donate items you don’t need
- take items you need
- repair clothes – first come, first serve
- register for your free Dr.Bike session
- book an electrical item repair
- donate your laptop to a local school or community project
Around Hackney, there are 90 clothing banks where you donate clothes to our partnering charities:
Map of clothes and textiles reuse banks
Red hangars show clothes banks.
When you attend a clothes swap shop you give us your unwanted clothes and receive a token in return. You use the token to get items.
Hackney residents can try reusable nappies for free by applying for a £54 voucher.
There is a reusable nappy community that organises events and provides support.
Visit Hackney Real Nappy Network.
You can reduce single-use plastic by:
- using a refill water station
- attending a plastic free workshop
- using a zero waste shop
Map of zero waste shops
Contact us if your shop accepts refills and you’d like to be listed on our map.
Dalston Library of Things is a social enterprise that helps people save money and reduce waste by affordably renting out useful items like drills, sound systems and sewing machines from local spaces – and by helping neighbours share practical skills.
The scheme gives residents the opportunity to donate their pre-loved furniture, which is collected and sold at an affordable price to families on low incomes.