Reducing your waste

There are many ways to reduce the amount of waste that goes into your bin each week. From minimising food waste, to switching to reusable nappies, to learning more about recycling with our Waste and Recycling Advisors.


Love Food Hate Waste Wasting food costs the average family £680 a year or a couple £480.

Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) can help you to save money and learn some handy tips through:

  • savvy storage

  • perfect portion sizes

  • knowing your dates

  • loving your left overs

  • planning ahead

If you have food that cannot be eaten later then you may want to consider composting, a natural process that transforms food waste into valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden.

LFHW training materials are available and can be used as a tool in:

  • supporting families - LFHW can help families to save money, manage their money better, cook and eat together, give teenagers skills they will need when they leave home, and help families to work together

  • promoting healthy eating - LFHW helps people manage portions, know how best to store food and make the most of their food

  • community development - LFHW encourages people to share information, hints and tips

  • libraries and information - LFHW provides a wealth of information to help consumers

  • adult education - LFHW messages can be incorporated in cookery classes, IT, numeracy and literacy classes

If you would like a LFHW training pack please email leedsrecycles@leeds.gov.uk. Reusable nappy scheme

The average baby will need changing 5,000 times and in one year alone a baby can fill 12 wheelie bins with disposable nappies.

Reusable nappies are better for the planet. Using them can also work out cheaper in the long run than disposable nappies. Leeds Cloth Nappy Library can give advice and support to anyone who wants to use reusable nappies. Parents can either get:

  • a free trial pack

  • £30 cash back when they spend £50 on either brand new or second hand real nappies

You are eligible if:

  • you're the child's parent or a guardian that lives within the Leeds City Council boundary

  • your child is under 12 months old or you have a Mat B1 form to prove you are pregnant

One trial pack or cash back is available per child. Trial packs The trial pack includes:

  • two reusable nappies

  • ten biodegradable flushable nappy liners

  • care instructions

Cash back This option does not include nappy accessories (such as buckets or washing powder) and proof of purchase will be required to claim the cash back.

Apply Real nappy trial packs are currently out of stock. Email us at leedsrecycles@leeds.gov.uk with the information below and scans or pictures of supporting documents to be considered when new stock comes in. If you would like to apply for multiple children please submit one application for each child. If you have any questions or can’t supply the relevant documents please email us for help.

Information needed

Email us with your:

  • title, first name, and surname

  • full address

  • telephone number

  • email address

  • child’s name (unless applying with MAT B1 form)

  • child’s date of birth or estimated due date

Free starter pack or £30 cash back

If you are requesting cash back please also submit:

  • value of real nappies purchased

  • bank or building society name

  • bank or building society account number

  • branch sort code

Please attach copies or photos of:

1. Proof of residence one of these from the last 3 months: for example, a council tax bill, utility bill or bank statement. 2. Your child’s birth certificate, foster placement form or your Mat B1 form, if applying before your child is born (this is the medical evidence form given by your doctor or midwife). 3. If you are applying for cash back, the receipts or order confirmation from your purchase.

Terms and conditions

  • The child must be a resident within the Leeds City Council boundary.

  • The child must be under the age of 12 months or you must have a Mat B1 form to show you are pregnant.

  • Only one claim can be made per child - either starter pack or cash back.

  • Applicants need to spend at least £50 on real nappies (excluding accessories) to be eligible for cash back.

  • Real nappies should have been purchased within the last 12 months.

  • Receipts should be itemised and detail the company name and date of purchase.

  • The scheme is subject to availability and conditions

  • If you have any questions please email leedsrecycles@leeds.gov.uk

  • Please allow up to 60 days for delivery.

  • You can receive one trial pack or £30 cash back per child. Please provide evidence for each child (birth certificate or additional medical evidence that you are pregnant with multiple children) You need to spend £50 for each £30 cash back (for example, £100 spend for £60 cash back)


Education We do a variety of education work across communities within Leeds. This includes:

  • roadshows at local venues and events

  • presentations in schools, colleges and universities

  • community group talks

  • tours at the recycling and energy recovery facility

To arrange for one of our Waste and Recycling Advisors to attend your event, or give a talk to your organisation, contact leedsrecycles@leeds.gov.uk. How to avoid junk mail

If you are fed up of receiving endless junk mail, you can opt out of addressed junk mail by registering with the Mail Preference Scheme. You can also opt out of receiving flyers delivered by your postie.

There are lots of other hint and tips on the Stop Junk Mail website, where you can also purchase "Stop Junk mail" door stickers.

If you do all of this and junk mail still arrives on your doormat, don’t forget that you can put it all in your green recycling bin or green sack for recycling.

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