University of Birmingham’s Junkbusters on top of the UK Recycling Schemes

on November 24, 2015

Junkbusters, a project run by the University of Birmingham and the Guild of Students, won the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Award for the Best Recycling Scheme.

The award gives recognition to the most successful initiatives and innovations to reduce environmental impact and pollution and improve efficiency.
Steve Lee, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, said:

“As well as setting an example to other professionals in the sector, the University of Birmingham and the Guild of Students have made a significant contribution to improving understanding and developing solutions to a range of waste and resource management challenges.
“Knowledge, competence and professionalism are critical to maintaining progress on waste and resource management, both here in the UK and across the world.”

Junkbusters, which is now in its fourth year, allows students to donate unwanted clothes, books, kitchenware, and small electrical items to charity. Environmental Services, Guild of Students staff and student volunteers deliver and collect donation bags, riding on the environmentally friendly mild float called ECO-1.
Lesley Stewart, Director of Residential and Environmental Services at the University of Birmingham, explained:

“This is fantastic recognition for the great work that both Environmental Services and the Guild do in recycling students’ unwanted items and raising money for the British Heart Foundation.”

University of Birmingham and Guild of Students work in close partnership to encourage the students to donate their unwanted items. Roberto Sorrentino, the Guild of Students’ Housing and Community Officer, said:

“We are incredibly proud of the work our Community Wardens do to help keep Selly Oak cleaner, greener and safer for all residents – and hope students, staff and the local community are too. We look forward to working in partnership with the University on this project for years to come!”

The scheme was set to increase recycling and reuse, decrease waste and provide much-needed stock for the local shops of the Birmingham Heart Foundation. Catherine Argyle, BHF Stock Generation Manager, said: “The milk float is a fantastic way to draw attention to our need for items. BHF Shops rely on donations of good quality clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, toys and bric-a-brac to help the fight against heart disease, so we’re very grateful that the University has continued to support us since our partnership began in 2006″.

The project is helpful to those leaving their student accommodation at the end of the school year and has raised over £100,000 for now for the British Heart Foundation.
Julie Paffett, Regional Stock Generator at The British Heart Foundation (BHF), said:

“We’re delighted with the response from University of Birmingham students and their overwhelming support for the Pack For Good campaign. We would like to wish them congratulations on their award win – it is definitely well deserved for all their effort over the past four years.
“Thanks to the support from Birmingham students we have been able to make sure our local shops are well stocked with good quality items. The vital funds raised from these donations help BHF fund life-saving heart research and continue the fight for every heartbeat.”

The University started working in partnership with the BHF in 2006. After the success of the project, BHF has engaged other city councils and universities across the UK in their campaign.

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