Help make Tower Hamlets a great place to live, work and play
This project has several aims: To provide a "NOS BOX" for recycling nitrous oxide canisters To prevent littering of used canisters in the streets To reuse and recycle nitrous oxide canisters (normally going to landfill) and build collection "NOS BOX" out of nitrous oxide canisters To highlight awareness of nitrous oxide pollution, environmental and material waste by way of recycling workshops in Spotlight youth centre Poplar Harca. The project is to build a NOS BOX collection point whereby nitrous oxide canisters can be deposited for reuse and up-cycling. A box made from NOS will be constructed demonstrating recycling capacity and indicating visually where the NOS can be recycled and how. The nitrous oxide canisters will be re-used and collected to make new boxes to begin a "TOSS YOUR NOS" campaign. Helping to clean up east London and bringing awareness to littering and ASB - the project aims to highlight caring for your neighborhood and creating safe and clean streets.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Nitrous oxide has plagued the streets of East London for years now. NOS use is the 2nd highest drug used in the UK for 16-24 year olds and is the 10th highest drug in the world. Sitting in a grey area - NOS is perceived as not being dangerous or harmful. Normally taken as a plural drug - it is the top environmental polluting drug. Often taken in clubs, festivals, from cars and in outdoor spaces - the metal canisters are thrown to the ground. Festivals such as Galstonbury have banned NOS due to subsequent problems with littering. Tower Hamlets has the highest drug usage across London - from its nighttime economy to local residents - Nitrous Oxide has become part of the ubiquitous landscape of East London. The project aims to clean up the streets and draw attention to this issue by creating NOS BOX - a place where canisters can be deposited for re-build, upcycling and collection.
Steps to get it done:
The project is at its infant stage - NOS BOX & "TOSS YOUR NOS" project is founded by Michelle Lowe-Holder partnering with designer Peter Nasielski, Robin Lockhart Director of Catalyst In Communities , Francesco Mazzarella of ReGo Project, Spotlight Poplar Harca and Cam and Edzai Communications. NOS BOX 1 - will be launched at the Darul Ummah Care Center in collaboration with Jamiatul Ummah School & Darul Ummah Masjid in Shadwell, Dec. 2022. Sponsored by Tower Hamlets and built and designed by Peter Nasielski - this will launch the "TOSS YOUR NOS" message and begin our recycling campaign of nitrous oxide canisters to re-use and build more boxes. By way of example - the project hopes to demonstrate material value and to bring attention to littering and environmental awareness. The project accepts that Nitrous Oxide is dangerous drug and does not support , glamourise or encourage its use. "TOSS YOUR NOS" aims to bring about positive change and empowerment to our local communities.
About the space
Allen Gardens, Buxton St . Shoreditch Greater London E1
London Borough of Tower Hamlets