Get Involved

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

From Friday, 2nd June and then selected Mondays and Fridays into July we’re looking for staff to collect unwanted items from within the Selly Oak area. All those willing volunteers will be provided with a free lunch and in return asked to bring along an abundance of energy and a pair of comfy shoes!

This year we are launching a new aspect to Junkbusters, introducing pop up stations where people can bring their unwanted items to specific locations. A series of dates across Monday will be used for doorstep collections, with the Friday dates switching to operation of the pop-up stations. The Monday’s would operate 12 – 2, with the Pop-up Stations operating 11.00 – 3.00

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

CIWM Junkbusters award logo





With students moving out of rented accommodation in these areas in the coming weeks, an increase in the amount of unwanted items will become available, making it the perfect time to rev up the milk float and start collecting those items.

So why not grab a friend, pick-a-date and email your interest to either Peter Larkin, or Matt Beveridge,

Junk busting collection dates 2017:

  • Friday 2nd June
  • Friday 9th June
  • Monday 12th June
  • Friday 16th June
  • Monday 19th June
  • Friday 23rd June
  • Monday 26th June
  • Friday 30th June 

Your time really makes a difference locally

Since Junkbusters began in 2012, over £125,000 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;

    • Supplying 12 BHF shops with items to sell
    • The ability to purchase 108 automated external defibrillators
    • Support to produce and distribute over 99,000 Healthy Heart leaflets in the community
    • Providing 19 schools with CPR training
    • Securing over £11.4million in research grants for the University of Birmingham

Did you know…

    • donated bag could be worth as much as £15 to the British Heart Foundation (BHF)
    • 10 donated bags of unwanted items could fund one full day of BHF Heart Nursing Care
    • 100 donated bags could fund a young scientist for a week to help find a cure
    • 1000 donated bags of unwanted items could help up to 40 young heart patients regain their confidence