Twenty-six new water fountains to be installed in Hackney
Twenty-six new water fountains are set to be installed across Hackney’s streets, parks, libraries, and leisure centres by 2022 to reduce single-use plastics, encourage re-use,and increase resilience to rising temperatures from man-made climate change.
Building on the success of the Hackney Half Marathon’s elimination of 225,000 bottles in just one day, the new programme is thought to be the most ambitious of any council in the country, taking the total number of water fountains to thirty-eight across the borough by 2022.
Hackney Council installs first estate reverse vending machine in England
Hackney Council is set to be the first local authority in England to install a reverse vending machine on an estate, where people can get vouchers in exchange for recycling cans and plastic bottles.
The new machine, installed on an estate in Hoxton, will encourage estate residents to recycle a wide variety of cans and plastic bottles, billions of which are thrown away in the UK every year, needlessly being landfilled, incinerated, or littered in the broader environment.