Reduce, reuse and repair

This page introduces our initiatives to help you reduce, reuse and repair.


Annual Sustainability Day 2022

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:

  • workshops
  • eateries
  • stalls
  • activities
  • demos and more

What’s on offer on the day

Our partners

#ZeroWasteHackney challenge

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.

Our prizes:

  • £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.

Reuse and repair pop-up events

Reuse and repair pop-up events allow you to:

We deliver them in partnership with Forest Recycling Project and Hackney Fixers.

Clothes and textile reuse banks

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.

Clothes swap shops

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.

Reusable nappies 

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.

Reduce single-use plastics

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

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.

See Dalston Library of Things.

Free large item collections with Bright Sparks

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.

See bulky waste collections.

Composting and water butts

Page updated on: 28 September 2022

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

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