Modern life is seemingly defined by being busy and in a rush. As a result, our appetite for food and drink bought when we’re on the go is growing fast. We're buying more pre-packaged sandwiches, salads and plastic bottles of water than ever before, and while it’s super convenient it also means we're creating a lot of rubbish. Unfortunately there isn’t always an option to recycle when we’re on the go.   

Since last year we've been trialling a campaign called #LeedsByExample, to find ways to make on street recycling easy and effective, and increase the amount we recycle on the go. This year we are taking the lessons from Leeds and launching a revamped campaign called #InTheLoop. Starting in Swansea in September, then Edinburgh in October, our ambition is to get a further 10 cities #InTheLoop in 2020.

You can keep #InTheLoop with our newly launched Swansea campaign here.

For those of us who don’t live in these cities, there are some simple steps you can take to recycle more when you're on the go

1) Reduce and reuse: switch to reusables

If you can, avoid having to buy single-use packaging by using a reusable coffee cup or water bottle. Not only does this mean less waste but many places will let you refill water for free or give you a discount for bringing your own cup. Bonus! Get started with this guide on switching to reusable cups. The one caveat is to make sure you keep using your reusable to make sure it is the better environmental option.

2) Plastic bottles and aluminium cans can be easily recycled

Plastic bottles are made of PET plastic which is widely recycled in the UK (unlike some plastic like film). It can be easily turned into items like a new bottle, clothing or even Hubbub Plastic Fishing boats. Cans are a valuable metal that can be endlessly recycled; you could buy the same can within as little as 60 days once recycled.  

3) Coffee cups can be recycled! But they need their own recycling bin..

Because they’re a mix of a plastic liner (to make them waterproof) and high-quality virgin paper, they need a special process to be separated, but increasingly cups are being recycled. Hubbub recently set up The Cup Fund to help more places introduce cup recycling. In the meantime, you can recycle ANY paper cup in any Costa, McDonald’s or Starbucks store, regardless of where you bought it.  

4) Check your local collections

Other items like plastic salad trays vary as to whether they can be recycled from place to place. So check what you can recycle where you live and work by entering your postcode here. Generally, sandwich cartons, crisp packets and polystyrene are difficult to recycle, so if in doubt, leave it out.  

If you can’t see a recycling bin anywhere the best thing you can do is hold onto your recyclables until you get back to home or a place where there is one.

5) Make sure it's empty

Leftover food and liquid are a big problem for recycling. Whilst you don’t have to clean packaging (which is hard to do on the go), make sure you empty out any leftovers (or finish them up first!). If food, drink and coffee dregs find their way into recycling bins it can contaminate the rest of the recycling, meaning the whole lot could go to waste! 

6) Consider starting a lunch club

Britain’s on the go food habit is generating over 10 billion pieces of food packaging every year. Others who have joined the #FoodSavvy Lunch Club cut single-use plastic by 54%, while 67% saved money and 75% reported eating more healthily!