Residents could be in with a chance of winning £50 to spend in local zero waste shops if they reduce their non-recyclable waste next month, as part of Hackney Council’s #ZeroWasteChallenge. 

Hackney Council is encouraging residents to go zero waste this September and reduce their impact on the planet, by throwing away less waste and charting their progress. To help participants complete the challenge, the Council will share guidance on minimising waste and a progress-tracking tool. 

Plastic waste stays around for a very long time, with plastic items estimated to take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. By taking the challenge, residents will be helping to clear oceans, protect wildlife, stop the spread of harmful toxins and reduce the impact of global warming. 

Whether new to recycling or a seasoned recycler – there’s something for everyone to have a go at. Residents who don’t recycle much can give food recycling a go. Those who recycle often can try cutting down on their single-use plastic consumption by switching from shampoo containers to bars, or buying loose fruit and vegetables rather than packaged ones. 

To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher, participants must sign-up by 31 August as the challenge kicks off on 1 September. 

Find out more about the challenge and register by visiting https://hackney.gov.uk/zero-waste-challenge

Next month will also mark Zero Waste Week, which the Council will be celebrating by hosting two interactive workshops with Plastic Free Hackney on 9 and 11 September (7-9pm), where you’ll learn how to save money and reduce your plastic footprint. 

One workshop will show you how to make your own zero waste toiletries, and in the other workshop you’ll learn how to make your own cleaning products. To attend a workshop, please email recycling@hackney.gov.uk for more information.

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