Hackney: Short Guide
Hackney is located in North-East London, encompassing areas such as Hackney Central, Hackney Downs, Dalston, Shacklewell, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Homerton, London Fields, Hoxton and Shoreditch. Formerly one of London’s industrial epicentres, the borough is now a thriving, bustling hub for creatives and cutting-edge food and nightlife.
The History of Hackney
The name ‘Hackny’ first popped up on records in 1198 BC, and at the time, the area was populated by farmlands that supplied much of London with its fresh produce It became a popular spot among medieval royals due to its proximity to the city, and was once home to Henry VIII’s palace Brooke House. Hackney then experienced an industrial transformation, introducing water-powered mills and railways.
There are over 1,300 listed buildings in Hackney, as well as many notable places of interest. It was one of the host boroughs for the 2012 Olympics, and houses the Hackney Empire (a popular venue for musicians and comedians), the National Centre of Circus Arts and Sutton House. You’ll also find Broadway Market here, offering everything from vintage clothing to international cuisine.
A booming borough
An increasingly diverse area, Hackney is home for more than 280,900 people, and has established Caribbean, Turkish and Orthodox Jewish communities. 25% of its population is under the age of 20, and as a result, it has the reputation for being something of a hipster hive, offering residents and visitors a swathe of trendy pubs, restaurants and venues.
Most recent data states there are 21,145 registered businesses in Hackney — 89% of these employing less than nine people. The professional, scientific and technical sectors are the most prominent types in the area, with a prevalence of management consultancies, specialised design companies, and architectural and engineering firms. Naturally, as the area continues to grow, and more businesses pop up, more waste is bound to be created.
Consequently, Bywaters will have more waste management responsibilities and challenges to tackle in order to properly dispose of waste in Hackney. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a street food vendor or an established corporate organisation — we can collect and recycle your commercial waste.
Alongside the typical waste we collect from businesses, Hackney’s status as a flourishing cultural hotspot sees it host numerous events, including festivals such as All Points East, EartH, and Hackney Carnival. You can also visit tourist hotspots like the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Geffrye Museum and Vortex Jazz Club. These events and attractions inevitably generate large amounts of waste, including single-use plastic and ditched decorations. As a result, we cater to events to ensure waste doesn’t enter landfill.