Take up the challenge and Watch Your Waste

A North London wide, week-long challenge to cut down on household waste is taking place in Hackney for the second year running.

Watch Your Waste Week 2009 (19 -25 October) will again challenge people in Hackney, and the six other boroughs that make up the North London Waste Authority, to think about the amount of rubbish they produce and how they can try to reduce it.

This year’s challenge has been launched with a series of waste education sculpture workshops at primary schools across the region. Pupils from Jubilee Primary School in Hackney worked with community artist Julie Beech on Wednesday 14 October to create one of the life-size ‘waste people’ sculptures from materials representing a week’s worth of rubbish.

Events and activities during the week will include a fun Zero Waste Challenge to encourage residents to reduce the amount of rubbish they throw away, participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 43 organic vegetable boxes from Growing Communities; Nappuccino coffee event at Hackney City Farm where real nappy vouchers can be redeemed; and Food Rescue and Real Nappy packs give away.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This is a fun, informative week for residents to see how their contributions can help to reuse, recycle and reduce waste in Hackney. Waste prevention is a priority for the Council and I encourage everyone to step up to the challenge and support our commitment to create a sustainable environment and help make the borough cleaner and greener for the future.”

Last year, Watch Your Waste Week was a huge success and earlier this month (Wednesday 7 October) it was awarded ‘best regional project/initiative’, which recognises work by local authorities who have joined together to promote a particular project or initiative across boundaries, at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee Awards in Liverpool.

Soso from Newington Green said: "I never paid attention to the amount of waste that I used to throw away but thanks to last year s initiative, where I received an organic box with vegetables for free, I ve made real changes. I now recycle as much as I can and I also compost at home, my kitchen bin is almost empty now! I still try to buy food with less packaging and completely refuse to get new plastic carrier bags, as I love my reusable one."

To find out more about events and activities or to download a free challenger’s pack for Watch Your Waste Week, visit: or contact Leonor Barricarte on 020 8356 7930 or


Ongoing - Zero Waste Challenge, a fun challenge to encourage residents to reduce the amount of rubbish thrown out and be in with a chance to win one of 43 organic vegetable boxes to be picked up from Growing Communities. Download your pack and reduce your waste by half, visit:

19-23 October - Nappy pack Give Away, free real nappy packs to give away during the week to the first 10 parents registering for a birth certificate at
Hackney Town Hall, Registrar office, Mare Street, E8 1EA

19-23 October - Love Food Hate Waste Food Rescue pack Give Away, everyone that completes the online quiz during the week can pick up a pack from the reception at 2 Hillman Street, E8 1FB. Packs contain fridge thermometers, bag clips, spaghetti measurers, tea towels and more to help reduce the amount of food we throw away.

21 October, 12.30-3.30pm – Plastic Bag Amnesty outside Tesco, Morning Lane, E9. The Council s recycling team will be asking shoppers with plastic bags to swap them for brand new ‘Watch Your Waste’ jute bags. Tesco will also be donating their reusable bags at the stall. Only one per household.

23 October, 2-3.30pm - Nappuccino, nappy voucher give away at Hackney City Farm, 1 Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA. A retailer will be present to redeem the free £54 real nappy vouchers that can also apply for on the day. Places limited, please register in advance, contact Leonor Barricarte on 020 8356 7930 or

23 October, 11am - 5pm - Cultural Food Diversity event at Sebright Children’s Centre, Haggerston Park, Queensbridge Road E2 8NP. Schools waste reduction activities by ecoACTIVE with stalls, displays, recipes, quiz, children’s activities and competition, plus a dietician giving advice.

Ongoing - ‘Say No to Junk Mail’ packs, helps to dramatically reduce the amount of unwanted mail received by residents, call 020 8356 6688 or pick one up from the reception at 2 Hillman Street, E8.