Hackney residents out and about will find recycling even easier next month, when 60 new litter bins go on trial in the borough.
The new units collect recyclables at one end and litter at the other. Passers-by will be able to recycle their newspapers, drinks cans, cartons, glass and plastic bottles, at the same time as disposing of general waste.
The bins will be placed around Hackney Central, Stoke Newington and Shoreditch, with the intention of providing bins in other areas throughout the borough.
Councillor Alan Laing, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We are committed to making it as simple as possible for our residents to recycle away from the home. We know that over half the rubbish that goes into our litter bins is recyclable, so we hope that by providing these new bins we can support residents to keep as much waste as possible away from landfill sites.”
Sam Whitehurst, 31, of Shoreditch, believes the bins will be effective in the area: “I usually just throw away my rubbish which could really be recycled, so I’ll definitely be giving the new bins a go.”
Similarly, Georgina Johnston, 21, of Hackney Central, said: “It seems like a good idea, I hope all the boroughs in London will follow Hackney in making it easier for Londoners to recycle.”