Hello Autumn!

Falling leaves and crisp days are here and we’re pleased to say that our monthly Litter Pick this Sunday will be going ahead with our new Covid safe measures.

If when you’re out and about you see a particularly nasty bit of plastic pollution it’s always worth tweeting the Canal and River Trust  with its location - polite pester power works a treat.

Litter Pick this Sunday

It's the last Sunday of the month, so it's time for a litter pick. We'll be starting from 10am, meeting in the Princess of Wales car park E5 9RB. Staggered starts will mean that if you’d like a full two hours of litter picking, do make sure you register for a 10am ticket.

Also, if you have any unwanted empty spray bottles or coffee packets, we’d love to give them a second life. If you’re coming to the litter pick on Sunday, please bring them.

The excellent TopUp Truck will be with us from 11.30-12.45 so please bring your empties for a plastic-free fill up at the end of your litter pick. We’ll have hand gel available so that you can sanitise before refilling.

How we’re running our Covid safe Litter Picks

1. It will be compulsory to register online before you come. You can do that here

2. Start times will be staggered with 10 minute intervals in groups of up to 5 people.

3. Wear a face covering and if possible bring hand sanitiser.

4. When you arrive please queue in the Princess of Wales car park E5 9RB to avoid congestion on the tow path.

5. PFH will be really careful cleaning all equipment before and after the litter pick. We will also have lots of hand sanitiser available.

Litter Pick this Sunday 25.10.20

We have set out the plan for Sunday on the eventbrite page, so do have a read through if you can beforehand.


November's litter pick will be held on:

Sunday 29 November, 10am E5 9RB

Hackney Central: London's First Green Station


Our friends at the Garden of Earthly Delights are campaigning to have the garden transformed into London’s First Green Station. Hackney Council and Transport for London are developing the site into a new entrance for Hackney Central station, and although the design does have some green elements, we think they’re missing the opportunity to turn this into a wonderful shared green space.

The link below takes you to the petition to support the project.

Make Hackney Central London’s First Green Station

Film making for young people

Do you know any London based environmentally minded young people aged 14-19? Here on Earth is a free online filmmaking opportunity for young people involving a 12 week film making course and virtual film festival. The deadline for applications is 7 November, if you’re interested please get in touch

Library of things – Dalston and Hackney Wick

Things to look forward to! Library of things have announced this week that in addition to the Library of Things soon to be launched in Dalston they will also be opening a new centre in Hackney Wick!

They’re looking for input for what you’d like to borrow, so send them your wish list here...

Rebuilding a Greener Hackney

We encourage all Hackney locals to use the opportunity to feedback to the council your experiences of the new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School Streets.

We know that emotions are running high about car and road use, and it is no secret that Plastic-Free Hackney are in full support of investment in our city’s cycling infrastructure. Of course everyone is entitled to express their view of what they like and dislike in their community, we’d just like to take a moment to say, politely, that statistically those who are in disagreement with something are much more likely to make themselves heard than those who agree.

Feedback to Hackney Council about traffic measures

Trick or Eat

Trick or Eat is a project run by The Local Buyers Club to collect non-perishable food for the Hackney Foodbank on Halloween. Last year the scheme collected more than 1,200 meals for people in poverty and demand for the Foodbank has more than doubled this year.

The deal is you put collection boxes outside your house on Saturday 31
st October (with or without special effects. Though clearly with is the winner) and invite friends and neighbours to donate non-perishable food. An excellent opportunity to dress up for those who are feeling bereft of ghouls. If you’d like to be a collection point, email The Local Buyers Club who’ll supply you with posters and support for how to get going.

Learn more about Trick or Eat


Phew. Many positive things taking place during difficult times. Keep plugging Hackney.

For those of you who can make it, we really look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday!


Bettina, Daisy and The Plastic-Free Hackney team x

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