Join the European #ZeroWasteHackney challenge
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Hackney is asking residents to join on in an issue which unites rather than divides us which is tackling our waste crisis across Europe.
The European Week for Waste Reduction runs from Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 November.
Now in its 10th year, in 2018, 14,347 actions will be implemented under the coordination of 32 national or regional coordinators from 20 countries. Activities span waste reduction, products reuse and materials recycling, as well as clean-ups that will be taking place across Europe and beyond.
Hackney recycles 27% of its waste, and although it has improved in recent years, we can all do a little more.
Our planet is facing a major crisis in terms of the waste humans produce and the resource depletion it is driving. Despite the fact that we are already consuming more than double the amount resources the planet is able to replenish, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently estimated that resource consumption is set to double by 2060. Giant ‘garbage patches’ litter the oceans and micro-plastics are now touching even the remotest parts of the world. This is clearly not sustainable.
Whether it’s in store or online, retailers bombard us with unnecessary packaging and it can be difficult to eliminate waste, but if we challenge ourselves it can be done. We urgently need to turn the tide on avoidable single use plastics and the packaging that dominates our retail environment, challenge our disposal culture, and ensure we maximise recycling as the last option.
Only by focusing on the production of unnecessary plastic and packaging through an international price on carbon dioxide and by pursuing the ‘pollutor pays’ principle using national legislation will we be able to drastically reduce the amount of waste we produce as consumers. While national governments dither and are influenced by industry lobbyists, Hackney Council will continue to educate and support residents to reduce plastic by changing their consumer choices and waste behaviour, which will help unlock savings for investment in other essential local government services.
What is the challenge?
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.
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.
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.
More information on the zero waste challenge here: http://hackney.gov.uk/zero-waste