Zero waste Hackney

Join the #ZeroWasteHackney challenge

Hackney recycles 27% of its waste, and although it has improved in recent years, we can all do a little more.

If you don't recycle much, you can give food waste recycling a go. If you already recycle a lot, rethink the way you use single-use disposables and explore low-waste living. Start with simple tasks, like switching from shampoo bottles to soap bars or buying loose fruit and vegetables instead of packaged ones.

What is the challenge?

The aim is to encourage you to make as close to no waste as possible - if you manage none then even better. It may seem difficult at first, but if you challenge yourself you will undoubtedly reduce your waste.

After the challenge is over, you may want to stick to some of your new habits. Small changes really can make a big difference.

How does the challenge work?

Step 1 - Know your waste

Keep your waste and recycling for a week. Then take a photo and make a note of the packaging or other type of waste that you could have recycled or simply avoided in the first place.

Step 2 - Challenge yourself

During your Zero Waste Week, recycle and re-use as much as you can and refuse single use items. Make sure you plan ahead so that you're ready. You can start on any day of the week as long as you do it for a week.

Step 3 - Share your results

After the challenge ends, check how much less waste you threw away. Did you manage to make zero waste?

Share your #ZeroWasteHackney tips during the challenge. Spread the word, nominate someone you know to take the challenge by tagging them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Register for the challenge

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  • start recycling food waste, order your caddy and liners here
  • recycle everything you can in your green sack or flats communal recycling bin
  • refuse freebies or donate them to charity or to a friend
  • refuse single use plastics, like straws and drinking cups
  • carry a spork, a cloth napkin and a lightweight Tupperware to refuse single use plastics
  • mix used coffee granules with any oil and use them as natural body exfoliator
  • swap your kitchen paper towel for a reusable cloth one
  • swap your plastic cling film for a reusable beeswax wrap or Tupperware
  • swap shampoo bottles for shampoo soap bars
  • make your own plant-based milk
  • take your broken small electrical goods, unwanted clothes to your nearest recycling bank
  • try real cloth nappies, and get £54 from us
  • donate your furniture to Homestore with a free pick up
  • use white vinegar, baking soda, oils and water to replace your cleaning products
  • use your own smaller cotton or mesh bags for your loose fruits & vegetables
  • repair broken household items with the Japanese Kintsugi method
  • fix your household items at your nearest repair shop
  • attend a Hackney Fixers event
  • explore food markets and local unpackaged food shops to buy food without packaging
  • avoid junk mail - visit NLWA unwanted mail
  • switch to reusable sanitary products - find out more with our sanitary products quiz
  • switch to reusable food wraps as a cling film alternative - find out more with our single use plastics quiz

Contact us if your shop accepts refills and you'd like to be listed on our map.

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