Young environmental activist rewarded with name on the big screen

A young environmental activist has had his countless messages of support for Council waste and recycling crews rewarded with his name on the big screen.

Ciaran, 8, of Greenwood Road has been out nearly every week with mum Michelle Moseley clapping for the Council’s key workers.

He also made a series of posters thanking Council staff for the work they do, and gave Father’s Day cards to a number of waste operatives, including Glen Whitby, the Council’s senior environmental manager, last week.

Crews paid Ciaran a visit on Wednesday last week to thank him, displaying his name on new big screens on Council waste trucks.

The screens are being used by the Council to help residents increase the amount they recycle - for example by encouraging people to start recycling card, glass, paper and food scraps, which will help to reduce smells in rubbish and tackle the climate emergency by reducing the amount of waste sent for incineration.

[The waste crews] are always here to help people with their rubbish and recycling - so that’s why I wanted to say thank you.

Do you know what hurts me the most? When people throw rubbish on the floor, don’t clear up after their dogs and don’t respect the environment. It’s killing the planet. It’s almost as if they don’t want to live here.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm
The activism of young people never ceases to amaze me, and I’d like to thank Ciaran for his messages of support for our crews, who are working incredibly hard during the pandemic to keep our streets clean and help people recycle. I would encourage all our residents - and especially those using our parks and green spaces at this time - to follow Ciaran’s example by treating the borough and their neighbours with respect.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

Residents can order recycling bags and food caddies, and find out more about what they can and can’t recycle at hackney.gov.uk/recycling.