Go zero waste

Zero waste tips and ideas

Here are some tips and ideas to help you get going on your zero waste journey.

Single-use plastics

We are committed to reducing the use of single-use plastic and encouraging residents to switch to reusable products.

Refill campaign

Every minute, one million plastic bottles are bought around the world, and that figure is expected to go up 20% by 2021.

With over 90 Refill stations in Hackney, refilling your water bottle for free has never been easier. Simply download the app, find your local Refill station and get fresh drinking water on the go. Save money, stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution at the source by using the free Refill app, or look for the Refill droplet in shop windows.

#zerowastehackney reusable bottles quiz

Ditch the plastic bottles and use a reusable one. Join the #RefillHackney campaign.

Start reusable bottles quiz

Reusable sanitary products quiz

The average woman uses about 11,000 disposable sanitary products over a lifetime. Worldwide, an estimated 45 billion tampons or sanitary pads are used every year resulting in 3,200 tonnes of waste (equivalent to 178 double decker buses).

Switch to reusable sanitary products – find out more with our sanitary products quiz.

Start reusable sanitary products quiz

Food wraps and lunch boxes quiz

Food containers including fast food packaging are one of the top ten single use plastic items found on beaches.

Switch to reusable food wraps as an alternative to cling film – find out more with our single use plastics quiz

Start food wraps and lunch boxes quiz

Reusable straws quiz

Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year, potentially contributing to over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans – of this an estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws are used just in England.

Start reusable straws quiz

Don’t forget to join Plastic Free July and take the challenge.

Reusable coffee cups quiz

In the UK 7 million disposable coffee cups are used and thrown away every day,  that’s 2.5 billion every year. This is enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times.

Switch to reusable coffee cups – find out more with our single use plastics quiz:

Start reusable coffee cups quiz

Zero waste shopping

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

Page updated on: 13 April 2022

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