New recycling contractor

Recycling is now being collected by the contractor May Gurney, in partnership with Hackney Council. The previous contractor ECT Recycling was acquired by May Gurney earlier this month.

Recycling rates are continuing to get better and better in the Borough. Last year Hackney exceeded the Government target of 20%. Currently 23% of waste is recycled and that’s a massive improvement, compared to 6.9% in 2004 and 2.6% in 2003.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “Recycling rates have really shot up in recent years and they keep getting better. We are continuing to improve and expand services for residents and look forward working with May Gurney, a proven contractor.”

The change of contractor does not mean residents will have different teams collecting their recycling. The same dedicated collection crew are now employed by May Gurney. Uniforms have changed. Crew members now wear new orange high visibility outfits, designed to keep them safe as they work on the public highway. Collection days and the range of materials which can be left out for collection remain the same.

Recycling is compulsory in Hackney. All street level properties have a weekly Green Box (dry recyclables) and Blue Bin (food waste) collection. 16,000 street level properties have access to the Brown Bin service (garden waste). Estates and high rise properties are also entitled to recycling facilities.

For more information call the recycling hotline on 020 8356 6688 or visit