We are proud to be the first business district in the UK to launch the Deposit Return Scheme to give our shoppers the opportunity to recycle their single use plastic and metal. From our research, we know that visitors to the Estate want to do more for the environment.

UK consumers go through an estimated 14 billion plastic bottles annually, of which 4 billion go unrecycled. We believe in making recycling easier to understand and more accessible.

Deposit Return Scheme

The deposit return scheme (DRS) allows visitors to recycle their single use plastic bottles and cans. The automated machine uses innovative 360-degree scanning recognition system to identify, segregate, collect and process waste drink containers, creating a resource from recyclable material that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfill. This is the first publicly accessible recycling machine in the UK.

Our focus on plastic bottles is in direct response to our retailer survey which identified plastic issues as being most important for retailers and customers.

Located in Canada Place next to Waitrose


Refill Stations

Refillable water bottles are becoming the norm for our visitors at Canary Wharf. In September 2018 we installed seven refill stations across the Estate and have a number of retailers giving our customers access to water on the go across our malls.

Find the locations of our refill stations
On the occasion where our visitors forget their reusable bottle, we ensure that any single use bottle purchased on the Estate is captured and fed into the plastic recycling market through our Deposit Return Scheme.

In Action

Trailblazers

Our trailblazers are the pioneers of the Breaking The Plastic Habit movement at Canary Wharf, committed to reducing the amount of single use plastics across the estate. Breaking The Plastic Habit is a collaborative effort; the support of our retailers and trailblazers is invaluable.

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Trailblazers

Food to go

It is estimated that 138 pieces of food and drink-related plastic waste are found every 100 metres on UK beaches. Learn how we are addressing the plastic waste associated with food to go.

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Coffee cups

An estimated 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year and only 0.25% are recycled. 381,000 tonnes of coffee grounds are estimated to be brewed every year resulting in a million tonnes of coffee sent to landfills. Find out how we’re addressing coffee cups and grounds at Canary Wharf.

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Straws

8.5 million straws are estimated to be thrown away every year in the UK ending up in landfills, waterways and eventually choking our oceans. We aim to tackle the problem at the source. Find out how we are tackling plastic straws at Canary Wharf.

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Expanding our impact

Our Breaking The Plastic Habit programme has been adopted in Australia and Dubai by our partners at Brookfield. Find out how Brookfield have addressed single use plastic issues.

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Expanding
Trailblazers

Our trailblazers are the pioneers of the Breaking The Plastic Habit movement at Canary Wharf, committed to reducing the amount of single use plastics across the estate. Breaking The Plastic Habit is a collaborative effort; the support of our retailers and trailblazers is invaluable.

Find out more

Trailblazers
Food to go

It is estimated that 138 pieces of food and drink-related plastic waste are found every 100 metres on UK beaches. Learn how we are addressing the plastic waste associated with food to go.

Find out more

Coffee cups

An estimated 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year and only 0.25% are recycled. 381,000 tonnes of coffee grounds are estimated to be brewed every year resulting in a million tonnes of coffee sent to landfills. Find out how we’re addressing coffee cups and grounds at Canary Wharf.

Find out more

Straws

8.5 million straws are estimated to be thrown away every year in the UK ending up in landfills, waterways and eventually choking our oceans. We aim to tackle the problem at the source. Find out how we are tackling plastic straws at Canary Wharf.

Find out more

Expanding our impact

Our Breaking The Plastic Habit programme has been adopted in Australia and Dubai by our partners at Brookfield. Find out how Brookfield have addressed single use plastic issues.

Find out more

Expanding