#ZeroWasteHackney challenge

The #ZeroWasteHackney challenge is back this September. Join the challenge to minimise your waste and be in with a chance of winning £50 to spend at a local zero waste shop.

What is the challenge?

For just one month we’re challenging you to throw away less. The aim is to reduce your non-recyclable waste as much as possible and report your progress each week.

Wondering where to begin? Once you’ve registered we’ll provide you the guidance you need to get started – including some easy ways to buy less and recycle more. Keep reporting your progress throughout September and you could receive a prize just for taking part.

Two participants will receive a £50 voucher to spend at a local Zero Waste shop. You could choose from:

  • Restore Refill – Shop 6, Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, London E8 2BT
  • Get Loose, Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
  • Food for All, 3 Cazenove Rd, Cazenove, London N16 6PA

How does it work?

Step 1 – register by 31 August

The challenge kicks off on 1 September 2020, so make sure you register before 31 August. It’s completely free to take part and you are welcome to join by yourself or involve your whole household. Keep an eye on your emails. We will be in touch to provide guidance for minimising waste and a tool to track your waste reduction.


Step 2 – challenge yourself to waste less

Our focus is on minimising the amount of non-recyclable waste that ends up in the rubbish. During the zero waste challenge, we want you to avoid single use items; reuse materials; and recycle everything you can. Make sure you plan ahead so that you’re ready to go in September.

Step 3 – submit the results

At the end of each week, take photos and make notes on the amount of non-recyclable waste you have produced. Submit your results by completing the online forms we will provide you throughout the month. You can also email your photos to recycling@hackney.gov.uk or share your #ZeroWasteHackney tips with us on Twitter and Facebook to help inspire others.

Please note this challenge is open to Hackney residents only. Results must be submitted by Friday 2 October. Winners will be contacted via email by Friday 9 October.

Join a zero waste workshop this September

Plastic-Free Hackney are delighted to be running more of their popular Make Your Own Workshops online this September, during National Zero Waste Week.

With just a few simple ingredients they will teach you how to make your own cleaning products and toiletries at home.

They can deliver you all the ingredients you’ll need so you’re able to make the recipes alongside them from the convenience of your kitchen. They are low cost, low waste and really fun to make.

These are budget-friendly hacks you’ll want to share: their deodorant is 400% cheaper than those available in the shops.

Tickets for these online workshops are free for Hackney residents (with a £3 refundable deposit). Make sure you book in advance to secure your place.

Cleaning products workshop, Wednesday 9 September 7pm

Book for the cleaning products workshop

Toiletries workshop, Friday 11 September 7pm

Book for the toiletries workshop

Why is it important to recycle more and waste less in Hackney?

Hackney recycles nearly 28% of its waste, but we could be recycling a lot more. Recycling more and sending less waste to be incinerated is one way we can reduce our impact on the planet.

Are you recycling everything you can? Double-check this handy A-Z for recycling in north London. If you don’t already recycle your food waste, you can give the food waste recycling service a go.

If you already recycle a lot, why not explore low-waste living – like rethinking the way you use single-use disposable items. You could start with simple tasks, like switching from shampoo bottles to bars or buying loose fruit and vegetables instead of packaged ones.

Page updated on: 25 August 2020

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