#ZeroWasteHackney challenge

The #ZeroWasteHackney challenge will be back in 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. Participating shops will be confirmed closer to the date.

How does it work?

Step 1 – register by 31 August

The challenge kicks off on 1 September 2021, 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 1 October. Winners will be contacted via email by Friday 8 October.

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: 19 February 2021

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