We’ve already been given the rubbish news that Londoners are some of the worst recyclers in the country, with some boroughs (*cough* Newham) only recycling 15 percent of their waste. However, some London boroughs are attempting to combat these garbage stats. Trying to give London a greener name, independent business in Hackney are enticing people to fill up their green bins by serving up discounts to the neighbourhoods that do the most recycling.
Eateries, barbers and galleries, including Long White Cloud, Stereo 92, Anjelique, Pickles of London and Vintage Basement, are rewarding recyclers through a discount card scheme run by Local Green Points in association with Hackney Council. The ‘recycle reward scheme’ was initially set up in October 2016 in Hackney and now has 110 independent businesses signed up to it. It’s open to all 113,000 households in Hackney, who will receive a membership card entitling them to discounts at local shops and restaurants. Long White Cloud on Hackney Road is one of the businesses in the scheme and gives residents 10 percent off their bill when they show their Hackney Recycling Rewards card.
So, next time you're throwing out the trash in Hackney, spare a thought for your green bin and you could get a cheap dinner out of it.