Nice save, Hackney

Hackney residents helped to save £500,000 last year, just by recycling.

This year Hackney Council is encouraging residents to go even further by recycling more, and in the process help make greater savings in 2012.

The Council needs to double the amount of waste currently recycled to 50 per cent by 2020 and is backing Recycle for London s ‘Nice Save’ campaign to reduce waste across the capital, which resulted in a total saving of £30 million in 2011.

With an estimated 60 per cent of the average bin content able to be recycled, the campaign aims to show how, if we up our game, we can free up money to spend on other, vital local services, especially in times when public finances are stretched.

It currently costs 25 per cent more to dispose of waste in your black bin than it does to recycle it. Costs are set to increase further with landfill sites filling up and landfill taxes rising year-on-year. Londoners can help avoid these increases and save money if we all double our recycling efforts.

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "Thank you to the many residents who continue to support the Council in its commitment to making Hackney a cleaner, greener borough.

"By saving half a million pounds last year I hope residents will see that by doing their bit they can not only tackle climate change but also bring down the costs of getting rid of waste.

"The Nice Save campaign is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the services available locally, and encourage others to make recycling part of their daily routine."

To find out more about the campaign, to see how recycling saves money and to play a fun game, visit the Recycle for London website:

For more information about recycling services in Hackney call: 020 8356 6688; email:; or visit:

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