Reduce, reuse and repair

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


#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 place where you can borrow useful things for your home, projects and adventures.

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: 8 August 2022

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Phone line: Mon to Fri: 8am - 5pm