HACKNEY Labour is putting its 2018 manifesto to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable Hackney into action, and responding with deeds, and not just words, since declaring a climate emergency in Hackney in June this year.
Six new water fountains have been installed at leisure centres and libraries in Hackney, as part of the Council’s commitment to an additional 26 across the borough by 2022.
The new fountains will reduce single-use plastics, encourage re-use and increase resilience to rising temperatures from man-made climate change.
These join those installed last year at Dalston CLR James Library, Mabley Green, and Hackney Marshes Pavilion, with the equivalent of 7,500 plastic bottles saved by the fountain at Dalston CLR James Library alone since it was installed in July 2019.
New on-street fountains are also set to be installed this year, taking the total number of fountains to 38 across the borough by 2022.
“It shows how we are putting our 2018 manifesto to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable Hackney into action,” said Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm.
“This does not mean we are going to rest on our laurels however. We are clear that if we do not become a net-carbon neutral Council as soon as possible we will be faced with a climate catastrophe. I look forward to keep progressing the work to decarbonise Hackney, and listen to our residents as to what more we could be doing.”
Mayor Philip Glanville and Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, Cllr Jon Burke, opened one of the new fountains at London Fields Lido recently, with new fountains now also installed at Clapton Library, Homerton Library, Shoreditch Library, Clissold Leisure Centre and Hackney Marshes Centre.
He added: “A shocking 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles are consumed in the UK every day, producing vast amounts of waste and over three million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.
“Having eliminated 225,000 single use plastic bottles from the Hackney Half Marathon and the first estate-based reverse vending machine in the country, Hackney Council is determined to do everything we can to help residents eliminate unnecessary plastics and reduce the amount of ‘virgin’ plastics produced in the first place.”
The new fountains, form part of Hackney Labour’s ambitious action to tackle the Climate Emergency, and will help people fill up on the move and minimise the amount of plastic they use – preventing unnecessary waste from blighting the planet.
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People on a Hoxton estate, which isn’t being revealed, will be able to get vouchers in exchange for recycling cans and plastic bottles, billions of which are thrown away in the UK each year and either landfilled, incinerated or littered.
The machine will be installed as part of a trial with the estate’s tenants and residents’ association.
The council will assess its impact on recycling, such as whether it reduces the amount of black bag waste sent for incineration and therefore the carbon footprint of Hackney’s waste system.
The pilot will also help establish how any future government proposals to introduce similar schemes might work in the borough.