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A short video about what happens to waste collected for recycling

Waste and Resources

06/01/2019 Recent article about Plastic Free Hackney and others in The Observer

19/05/2015 The North London Waste Authority moves to the next stage of consultation on plans for a new £500million energy-from-waste facility at its Edmonton site

25/02/2015 The London Assembly Environment Committee has published a report, Bag it or bin it?, on managing London’s domestic food waste 

24/02/15 WRAP has published a series of ‘how to’ guides and examples of how councils, waste management businesses and third sector organisations can set up successful reuse initiatives.

20/01/15 Local organisations invited to register for free, reusable items available from the Olympic Park: 

15/12/14 Triple Win: The Economic, Social and Environmental Case for Remanufacturing

02/12/14 Food Waste House of Commons Library publication looks at food waste and initiatives to tackle food waste in the UK

28/11/2014 UK food waste – Historical changes and how amounts might be influenced in the future

20/11/14 The Co-op are continuing their Working on Waste Campaign

30/07/14 The Centre for Sustainable Design has published A Global Survey of Repair Cafés and Hackerspaces

11/06/14 The Guardian's Upcycling competition winners announced

23/05/14 Guidance launched to show how local authorities and businesses can reduce food and drink waste and save natural resources.

27/05/14 Guardian article 'Reuse recognised: how an old ideal is finally making it to the big time'

07/03/14 Free 10,000 litres of reclaimed paint to community groups in Hackney. If you are interested download an application from the FRP (Walthamstow) website or email

22/12/13 bio-bean of Camberwell Grove, London SE5, collect waste coffee grounds and and have developed a process to turn them into biomass pellets and biodiesel, for heating and transport.

11/12/13 Defra published Prevention is better than cure, setting out the government's new Waste Prevention Programme and what they think will move us towards reducing waste.

11/12/13 Waste management in London: key challenges - This London Councils report provides an overview of waste management arrangements in London and identifies seven challenges that face London's waste management sector:

  1. rising costs as a result of population growth;
  2. London's lower recycling rates and landfill diversion;
  3. varying waste collection systems across London;
  4. the opportunity for income generation from trade waste;
  5. rising costs of waste treatment and disposal;
  6. the prevention of food waste; and
  7. >supporting reuse initiatives.

The report states that reducing or preventing the amount of waste produced is the most cost-effective and environmentally beneficial measure but only 0.2% (£1m) of London’s £490m spent on municipal waste management was allocated to waste prevention in 2011/12. It also points out that re-use initiatives are often the forgotten level in the waste hierarchy.



Hackney Freecycle (old group)

Hackney Freecycle UK (new group)

Scavenger Network



Real nappies for HackneyLinks

FoodSave - helping small and medium-sized food businesses prevent food waste and to divert surplus food to good purposes

Hackney Find-My-Nearest (recycling bank)

iFixit - the free repair guide

Leaf litter in street sweepings: investigation into collection and treatment

Love Your Clothes


Reduce Waste, Save Money: A Guide for Businesses

The Great Recovery Project 

The story of stuff!

Waste-free sanitary protection: Mooncup

Waste crime: tackling Britain's dirty secret

Waste management in London: key challenges

Zero Waste Shop Map


Bright Sparks

The Centre for Sustainable Design

Childrens Scrap Project

Ellen MacArthur Foundation 

Emmaus (Charity Furniture Shops)

Forest Recycling Project

Hackney Freegle


Flooting! (Swapping loot)

London Re-use Network 

Plan Zheroes

Plastic Free Hackney

The Restart Project (electronics repair events)

School of Stuff 

Zero Waste Alliance






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