We’re building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030

Our projects

What we’re currently working on

Recycling on-the-go

#LeedsByExample on-the-go recycling is back! In lockdown we focused on StayAtHome waste reduction but as our city opens up again, we're back promoting the benefits of recycling coffee cups, cans and plastic bottles.

Leeds truly leads the way on this - recycling rates tripled from 17% to 49% and it's being rolled out to other UK cities. We'll be building on that success, as well as adapting to reflect the times by providing practical support to people and businesses to help them waste less. See regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Zero Waste Fashion

We launched Zero Waste Fashion to help make it easier for people to recycle, reuse and repair clothing & textiles. We want to reduce the amount of clothing that ends of up in Leeds household bins - estimated at 4000 tonnes per year. See our map of all the textile banks, charity shops, repair shops, sewing classes and clothes exchanges in Leeds.

See our Zero Waste Fashion website

School uniform re-use

We want to make second-hand school uniform first choice in Leeds. Our Leeds School Uniform Exchange project is supporting people across the city to swap uniform at their school or in their local community.

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Got an idea?!

All the work we do begins with an idea. If there’s an issue in Leeds you think we should look into, tell us about it.

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Our top tips

Ways to start reducing your waste


Recycling can get a bit confusing at times - we're here to help to make it that bit easier.

Food waste

Research suggests many of us have reduced how much food we waste over the last couple of months.

Garden waste

Want to start composting, create wildlife habitats, or reuse what's in your garden?


Clothes, furniture, electrical items... we can help to make sure these things doesn't go to waste.

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Our supporters

We’re building a movement. That means everything we do is collaborative and in partnership with others. See who we’re partnering with and who’s helping to fund our work here.

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Issues we’re currently looking into in Leeds

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Join us to make school uniform reuse the norm in Leeds

Many families in Leeds struggle to afford new school uniforms for their...

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Want help to be a sustainable business? Get in touch

We’re visiting businesses across Leeds to help them become more environmentally...

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Join our fashion revolution

We'd like your help to explore what we can do reduce the environmental impacts...

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Our expertise lies in developing behaviour change campaigns that help people and organisations to waste less.

Are you interested in us working with you?

We have a strong track record for developing engaging, impactful campaigns that create change. Our 10 week #stayathome waste reduction campaign - developed at the start of lockdown in March and delivered for Leeds City Council - is the latest example of this. You can read our impact report here.

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Our thinking

Our latest thoughts on current issues

Leeds - how can we make more sustainable fashion choices?

What can we do together to reduce the environmental impacts of our wardrobes? That's a question we explored in a recent conversation with Professor Natascha...

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