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Recycle Me

A creative solution to raise awareness of paper and card recycling in Leeds

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Spelling out the importance of recycling paper and card in Leeds

We used the 9 letters of Recycle Me to raise awareness of the importance of recycling paper and card in Leeds.

We delivered these letters to businesses and schools across Leeds. By educating people about what can and can’t be recycled in their green bin, we challenged those involved to fill their letter with recyclable paper and card – the result was a co-created installation, displayed in the city centre for the public to interact with.

This attention-grabbing activity stopped the public in their tracks, got them sharing their thoughts and opinions on recycling, and thinking more about where everyday objects end up.

Leeds City Council

Objectives of the brief

  • Raise awareness of the importance of paper and card recycling.
  • Educate the public on the types of paper and card that can be recycled.
  • Encourage positive behaviour change in regards to paper and card recycling in Leeds.

Visual identity

We aimed to deliver a strong visual identity for the campaign, which would be used across a number of different platforms including print and social media assets, in order to promote a large PR stunt in the centre of Leeds. This would be accompanied by a range of content marketing including tweets and photography to reinforce the message.

A strong call to action

We developed the ‘Recycle Me’ brand name to emphasise the key message behind the campaign, not only to recycle card and paper at home, but also to recycle the flyer itself after reading the information.

We wanted to create a bold, eye-catching identity, one that would make people stop and think, as well as providing them with the information they needed to improve their recycling habits. The details of the different materials such as envelops and cereal boxes in the ‘Recycle Me’ letters, created a balance between informing people of what can and can’t be recycled, whilst being visually interesting.

By using the brand letters to visually demonstrate the action of recycling paper and card, we were able to reduce the amount of written content to make the message really succinct.

In the past Leeds City Council have faced the challenge of breaking through the ‘visual noise’ of everyday life – people were just not paying attention to their messages! So we needed the campaign to stand out from the Council’s previous communications, whilst still remaining true to their overarching brand identity.

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