Zero waste challenge

#ZeroWasteHackney challenge

Hackney recycles nearly 28% 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.

Join the challenge to be in the chance of winning a £100 voucher to spend at a Hackney Zero Waste shop. Here are the participating shops:

  • 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

Please note this challenge is only open to Hackney residents. Results should be sent by Monday 30 September. Winners will be contacted via email on Wednesday 2 October.

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.

Join the #ZeroWasteHackney challenge

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Zero waste shopping

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

Junk mail

Avoid junk mail with NLWA unwanted mail.

Single use plastics

The Council is 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.

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Reusable sanitary products

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.

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Food wraps and lunch boxes

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

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Reusable straws

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.

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

Reusable coffee cups

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

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Page updated on: 10 June 2019