Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but properly this time. Plastic pollution cannot be reduced unless we work together.
Rebecca Tee and Suzannah Rogerson.
“Since its invention some 100 years ago plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives” – David Attenborough
The commitment to using different coloured bins and less plastic bottles is helping. But the problem of plastic pollution won’t be solved if people don’t do more.
Leeds is stepping forward in the effort to tackle on-the-go recycling. As a city with over 70,000 students, food and drinks are bought regularly on-the-go and thrown in general waste bins. In order to change the habits of locals Hubub and Zero Waste Leeds have joined to create the #LeedsByExample campaign, funded by several well-known businesses such as Costa and McDonalds.
Whilst the scheme is running locals are encouraged to keep hold of empty plastic, cans and coffee cups and safely recycle them in one of the yellow bubble bins. Around thirty bins have been placed around Leeds City Centre to persuade the public to think before just dis-regarding recyclable items. The speech bubble “Feed me empty plastic and cans, nowt else” is used to make the message more relatable to a Yorkshire city.
Zero Waste Leeds are on Briggate until the 19th October with an art installation to make it clear to residents the amount of plastic thrown away in Leeds in just three days.
Leeds Beckett University has implemented a coffee cup recycling machine which gives anyone who properly recycles their cups 5p off their next drink in the Rose Bowl Café.
To get more information on what the #LeedsByExample campaign is doing we went out to speak to representatives from Zero Waste Leeds.
Plastic consumption is a national problem, with many people not understanding what can be recycled and where. Schemes such as the ones in Leeds aim to raise awareness and remind people of the importance of protecting our planet for future generations.