News from the Council

Hackney Council is set to host its third annual Sustainability Day on Saturday 16 November, and is inviting local people to come and find out how they can help tackle the climate emergency.

At the low waste, zero single use plastic event, there’ll be energy saving advice, free low-carbon food and refreshments, a zero waste market where people can pick pick up loose foods, free bicycle checks, a clothes swap, endangered species face-painting and lots of other stalls giving advice on environmental sustainability and tackling the climate emergency.

The event takes place at 10am-4pm on Saturday 16 November at Hackney Town Hall Square.

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Water fountains

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.

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Reverse vending machine

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.

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New street trees

5,000 new street trees to be planted in Hackney

Hackney Council is set to plant 5,000 new street trees by 2022, increasing canopy cover by 50 per cent, in the single largest investment in trees in the history of the borough.

In addition, the Council will deliver an additional 1,000 high-quality trees in parks and green spaces, and work with local volunteers and the third sector to deliver many more.

The new commitment significantly expands the Council’s existing promise to plant 1,000 trees by 2022 and will see the same number of street trees planted in the next three years than have been planted since 2000.

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Cycle pit stop

Cycle pit stops

Hackney Council is running cycle pit stops throughout November as part of its Be Bright, Stay in Sight campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the changing daylight and weather conditions and the measures we can take to keep safe on our roads.

The next pit stop will take place on Goldsmith’s Row by Haggerston Park this Thursday 7 November.

Come along between 3 and 6pm for free bike checks, bike security marking by the Met Police and free bike lights. No booking is required – just turn up.

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