It's Plastic-Free July!


Plastic-Free Hackney is excited to be kicking off Plastic-Free July with our brand new Know Your Plastics Quiz. This event is particularly aimed towards those who’d like to find out more about efficient recycling and those who, well, don’t really care. In advance of the council’s introduction of fortnightly waste collection, this is the perfect moment to get your bins in order.


Know Your Plastics Quiz

If you live with a housemate or have a relative/colleague/friend who consistently messes up your immaculate recycling bins, this one’s for them. If you think you’re pretty smart with your plastics knowledge, dare to show off your bin skills, and be in with a chance of winning one of our excellent prizes:

Reusable water bottle

Reusable coffee cup

Make your own cleaning products/toiletries kit

And more!

Make it a family event, call it home schooling, or make yourself the Sustainability Officer for your home office/bedroom/cupboard, and book your tickets for one of the three quiz times here:

Thursday 9th July, 2pm

Thursday 16th July, 7pm

Thursday 23rd July, 2pm


Tickets are FREE and we look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets: Know Your Plastics Quiz

It’s Official: Reusables Are Safe!


Last week over 125 health experts from 19 countries have published a statement declaring that reusables are safe to use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Join the #contactlesscoffee campaign to encourage local coffee shops to start accepting reusables again. If you find a cafe that’s already accepting reusables, tag them and us on social media with a message of your support, they’ll really appreciate it!

Here’s a little film from the excellent campaign group City to Sea to show how safely it can be done.

Evidence indicates that the virus spreads primarily from inhaling droplets, rather than through contact with surfaces. The advice is to wash reusable containers thoroughly with hot water and detergent or soap – wouldn’t you anyway? The plastic industry has seized the opportunity of the pandemic to push back against the trend towards sustainable and reusable packaging, fuelling the perception that plastic single-use products are more hygienic than reusable ones. In the words of the head of the German Association for Plastics the function of the packaging, i.e. the hygiene and protection of the product, is being perceived more strongly again. We hope that this will contribute to a more objective discussion about plastic packaging in the future”.

It’s critical that we get back to refilling and reusing to show that circular systems must become the norm.

Litter Picking and Our Parks

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.

We hope that you are looking after yourselves and each other and that those you love are safe and well. Look forward to seeing some of you online tomorrow!

Love Bettina, Daisy and the Plastic-Free Hackney team

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