The University’s award winning community project Junkbusters needs your help.

junkbusters logoFrom Friday 31st May and then every Monday and Friday until 5th July, we’re looking for staff to collect unwanted items from within the Selly Oak area. All those willing volunteers are asked to bring along an abundance of energy and a pair of comfy shoes!

Recently we have introduced "pop up" stations where people can bring their unwanted items to a specific location. A series of dates on Mondays will be used for doorstep collections, with the Friday dates switching to operation of the pop-up stations. 

We will also be working with B30 Foodbank to collect food donations from students in Selly Oak, dates to be confirmed.

Junkbusters is a joint initiative between Environmental Services and The Guild of Students that collects donations from students, staff & residents, including residents living in Bournbrook and Selly Oak. All items that are donated are then resold by The British Heart Foundation (BHF).

With students moving out of rented accommodation in these areas during the summer period, they'll be clearing out their unwanted items, making it the perfect time to rev up the milk float.

So why not grab a friend, pick-a-date and register your interest with Jade: j.y.willetts@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 5943

Junk-busting collection dates 2019:

  31st May
3rd June 7th June
10th June 14th June
17th June 21st June
24th June 28th June
1st July  

Thursday 4th July— mop-up

Your time really makes a difference locally

Since Junkbusters began in 2012, over £175,000 has been raised from unwanted items. By volunteering your time to collect unwanted items such as books, CDs, DVDs and household objects you’ve helped to fund a number of local initiatives, including;

    • 36 Heart Start Schemes
    • 405 Defibrillators AwardedCIWM Junkbusters award logo
    • 355,406 Free Heart Health Resources
    • 12 Heart Start Groups
    • 217 Establishments CPR trained
    • 12 BHF Retail shops
    • Securing over £11.4million in research grants for the University of Birmingham

Did you know...

    • donated bag could be worth as much as £14 to the British Heart Foundation (BHF)
    • 10 donated bags of unwanted items could nurse a broken heart by funding a full day's BHF Heart Nursing care. In this time a Heart Nurse could care for up to six patients to help them manage their condition and prevent further hosptal re-admissions.
    • 100 donated bags could help find a cure by funding one of BHF's young scientists for seven days. The British Heart Foundation currently provide the salaries for around 500 post-doctoral scientists who work in research teams across the UK on projects to better understand how to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure heart disease.
    • 1000 donated bags of unwanted items could help up to 40 young heart patients to gain independence, new skills and confidence whilst meeting other young heart patients.


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