Balmy weather is breeding plastic pollution in Hackney and across the UK at alarming rates.
A simple action we can all make is taking our waste home with us. This way we can help bins stay emptier and also ensure that our waste is being correctly sorted at home into food waste, recyclables and finally residual (black bin) waste. Popping your stuff neatly by a full bin isn’t the solution: along comes a strong wind and suddenly it’s strewn around the park or even worse, in the canal. Levels of contamination in the parks’ recycling bins are frequently so high that the whole load has to be sent to the incinerator anyway.
The Hackney Parks team are doing a mammoth job caring for our precious parks at the moment and it is distressing to see how much some of the parks are suffering from intensive use and littering. Proof, as if it were needed, of our urgent need for the UK government to implement the long promised Deposit Return Scheme! Whilst we’re not able to conduct litter picks yet (we'll keep you updated as soon as this changes), we’d like to make our equipment available to anyone who’d like to borrow it. If you’d like to find out how to borrow a litter pick kit, send Daisy an email
Our belief at Plastic-Free Hackney is that the onus for this pollution lies with the producers of plastic packaging, rather than those who drop it. If you see branded litter when you’re out and about, you can take a photo and tag it with @surfersagainstsewage_london and the brand name in your photos with #PostPandemicPollution to help track the pollution challenge as we emerge from lockdown.
Friends of the Earth, among other committed environmental groups, are lobbying government to change the law in order to force the producers of plastic waste to be held accountable for the pollution they create. If you’ve not already done so, please sign their petition.