LUU should lobby the council for better recycling facilities

Passed: May 2019 (16th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

Currently West Yorkshire has one of the lowest plastic recycling rates in the country and in Leeds only 3 types of plastic are recycled - this doesn't include Polypropylene (PP or 5) which is commonly recycled throughout the country. As one of the fastest economically growing cities in the UK the council has the duty to improve the range of recyclable materials and the accessibility of bins. In Hyde Park, where most students are based, glass recycling bins are far and few, discouraging locals from helping the environment. Such common items such as glass bottles and plastics pots shouldn't be so difficult to recycle: the city council must sort this issue in order to battle the ever growing worry of climate change and the build up of waste.

Expires: May 2022 (16th)

Submitted By: Elisha Foxley

Officer: Community

Area of Work: Sustainability


June 2020: As below, Leeds City Council now Tetra-Pak in your green recycling bins. We will continue to work with, and put pressure on, them to keep improving recycling options across the city.

November 2019: New recycling options (including Tetra-Pak, yoghurt pots and other plastics) are now included in the Green Bin offered by Leeds City Council!

October 2019: Cat, Community Officer, determining if this is a priority for her over the year. If not, we can push via Community Team and Community Reps. If you're interested in taking a lead on this campaign please contact

May 2019: New Policy, but LUU have campaigned on this for several years, has been tied into lots of Community Officer manifestos.