Thousands enjoy BeRecreative recycling event

More than 2,000 people enjoyed a range of fun activities at the BeRecreative recycling event in London Fields, while finding out more about doing their bit to help the environment.

The free family event was a joint effort between Hackney Council’s recycling team and Green Champion network, and was held as part of national Recycle Week and the Love London Festival.

There were more than 40 different stalls at the third annual BeRecreative event. Kids enjoyed making musical instruments from recycled materials, creating their own toys at the ‘junk journeys’ stall, and getting involved with various ‘green games’.

The ‘give or take’ area, where residents could bring unwanted items and swap them for others, proved to be one of the most popular stalls, with items from books to bikes being exchanged.

There were also easy ways to cut down on the amount of packaging residents use. Hackney Council’s recycling team handed out 2,200 reusable cotton shopping bags to help residents cut down on plastic bag use. And at the ‘Be unpackaged’ stall residents could stock up on whole foods, dried fruits and nuts and take them away in their own containers.

The Bike Doctor was on hand to offer advice to cyclists on maintaining their bicycles. And the Compost Doctor gave advice on home composting.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
“I’m delighted so many Hackney residents visited the BeRecreative event and enjoyed taking part in the creative activities. This was a fun way for everyone to see how their contributions can help to reuse, recycle and reduce waste in Hackney. Recycling is a priority for the Council. We are committed to improving our local environment and making the borough a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

Green Champion, Beck Dabscheck, said: “This year’s BeRecreative event was bigger and better than ever, with a great community feeling. It was a fun way to get serious environmental issues across. Everyone got involved in the different activities while learning about how we can all do our bit to take responsibility for our environment.”