what we are doing

The Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Development Trust (HWFI CDT) is seeking to reduce waste and promote reuse of materials and consumables, through partnerships with private, public, and third sector organisations. It aims to establish a community-owned Circular Economy Hub (or series of spaces) which reduces single-use consumables, food waste, heavy-duty traffic, and supports local businesses to waste less stuff. Additionally, it seeks to provide composting and awareness-raising activities for local people.

HWFI CDT has worked up pilot projects in the area to support circular economy activities (wasting less, reusing more) and hopes to promote them to the public, residents, and potential investors/funders while providing a template for other organisations in London (and further afield) to follow.

why we are doing 

Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Development Trust conducted research in 2021 to understand what mattered to local people about their neighbourhood and what they would like to see happening. People agree that climate change and the intersection between climate change and jobs, enterprise and opportunities for young people needs to be tackled.

People liked the idea of local action and many local businesses are already working on circular economy initiatives, so there is already enthusiasm and expertise in the area we can build on. In addition, the public and private sector organisations in the area are keen to support such initiatives.

where we are doing

The local area encompasses Hackney Wick & Fish Island (LB Hackney) as well as well as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas (LB Tower Hamlets, LB Newham and LB Waltham Forest).

what is circular economy?

In short, it is about sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. The life of products is extended and waste is reduced to a minimum.

When a product reaches the end of its life, its materials are kept within the economy wherever possible. This is different from the traditional take-make-consume-throw away pattern, which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy.

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