NeighbourhoodsCreating cleaner, greener spaces 3 things you can do today Re-route one journey. Pick a car journey you take regularly and try walking, cycling or taking public transport instead. Meet your neighbours. Discover something good going on near you and get involved. You'll share your skills, meet someone new and help create stronger a community. This is a good place to start. Plant something. Trees and plants are great for making our neighbourhoods more inviting, and they clean the air too. Silver birch trees are particularly good for reducing pollution levels. NASA did a study into great ways to clean the air and revealed English ivy, philodendrons, spider plants and golden pothos are great options for growing at home. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Blog Ideas bank Come Plastic Fishing with us Neighbourhoods Join 'Leeds By Example' collaboration An exciting new recycling initiative for Leeds Hubbub is calling on businesses and organisations in Leeds city centre to sign up to a new creative campaign that will tackle recycling on the go. Starting in September 2018, 'Leeds By Example' will bring together a ground breaking coalition of local and national organisations to improve recycling of food and drink packaging currently disposed of ‘on the go’. What is involved All organisations based in Leeds city centre are encouraged to take part. You will receive: Discounted recycling bins and collection service Free communication materials to help increase recycling rates by using a consistent, simple recycling message across the city Participation will be subsidised by the #LeedsByExample collaboration of funders. Register here for early bird offers and to tell us what your recycling issues are. Businesses or organisations local to Leeds City Centre are encouraged to register interest and we'll be back in touch at a later date with how to get involved. The issue with ‘on the go’ recycling We are increasingly eating and drinking on the move, resulting in ever more packaging such as coffee cups, drinks bottles and sandwich wrappers. This industry is predicted to grow and yet only 42% of local authorities have on-street recycling facilities. Studies show that the public wants to recycle, but are confused about what can be recycled. A new, cost-effective approach is needed. The project in Leeds will trial a range of different methods including pioneering technology, new recycling facilities and engaging communications. The results will be shared openly with the aim being to help other towns and cities roll-out the most successful elements. Building on the Square Mile Challenge which recycled over 5 million coffee cups in 12 months from the heart of London, #LeedsByExample will expand the concept to collect other common packaging materials like drinks bottles and sandwich wraps. The Square Mile Challenge united local businesses to address the issue and installed 131 new coffee cup recycling points, using a common brand and simple messaging to inform the public how and where to recycle their cups. This collaborative approach will be replicated in Leeds. For more information or if you’re interested in becoming a partner on the project, contact us at [email protected]. #LeedsByExample is backed by Alupro, Asda, Association of Convenience Stores, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, British Plastics Federation, Coca-Cola GB, Costa, Co-op, Crown Packaging, Danone, Ecosurety, Highland Spring, Innocent, Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, PepsiCo and Shell.