Young People

What a Waste!

One of the biggest challenges for this decade, and for many decades to come, is how much WEEE is thrown away.

What did he just say?

WEEE, you know… Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment!

1.4 million tonnes

That’s how much electrical and electronic equipment we throw away in the UK every year. Staggering. And, of course, as technology becomes more and more central to our daily lives, and the pace of innovation gets ever quicker, giving us smaller, bigger, quicker, cleverer, faster, quieter devices and gadgets to consume, there’s more to potentially throw away.

There’s gold in them thar hills

In fact, there’s gold in them thar electronics, and lots of it, too. It’s just one of the precious resources lost whenever we fail to recycle our old electrical items and pile them into waste mountains or bury them underground. Oh, the irony, or should that be gold-ny?

Good news

We can all do something about it. We can reduce the amount of waste we’re putting in our bins. Electrical items can be recycled at most Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Drop off your old (maybe not so old) electrical equipment at your local HWRC and they’ll be sent on to Electrical Waste Recycling Centres. Here’s the cool bit, if an item cannot be repaired for use again (lots of items can be) it will be broken down into a wide variety of materials, including Gold, Silver and Zinc. Which then finds its ways into new items as diverse as jewellery and ships. Neat.

Spread the word

We’re currently helping to spread this positive waste awareness message to pupils in primary schools across Wakefield.

The Rubbish Show is helping to raise awareness and inspire young people to do something to reduce the amount of electrical waste we’re throwing away. Pupils are being encouraged to tell their parents, guardians and family members about the effects of waste on the environment, and to bring their old electrical items and equipment into schools, so it can be collected and recycled properly!

It’s a great initiative, we’re proud to be promoting.

Positive feedback

Here’s just a few of the things teachers have said about the show:

Very informative and highly interactive presentation. Will highly recommend.

Excellent – children loved it.

Fantastic! Really encouraging for the children. The whole school were engaged throughout the show.

A lovely, enjoyable and fun presentation that engaged and informed with lots of information.

Really informative. Extremely entertaining. Engaged all pupils.

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish!

Needless to say, we’re delighted.

It is a fantastically positive message to influence our younger generation (and their families) to consider the environment and help protect our lovely planet. We all need to do our bit.

Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to know more about our work with schools.

Think of a Job, Any Job!

It still amazes me that the NHS is in the top 5 largest employers in the world. What amazes me even more is the amount of jobs you can do in the NHS. Did you know there’s over 350 different jobs? I didn’t and neither did the young people in secondary schools across the East Midlands. That is until our team of professional actors arrived to tell them all about it earlier this year.

The NHS needs a vast amount of young people and adults (currently it employs 1.6 million people) to join them on the career ladder, but it’s not just medical related careers. When I think of the NHS, Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and other medical related jobs come to mind. I don’t think about Estates & Facilities, IT Managers, Chefs, Porters, Maintenance Managers, Painters & Decorators, Orthopaedic Technicians, Medical Equipment Devices Managers, or even Gardeners! It’s these varied and rewarding roles that provide the right environment for the treatment, well-being and recovery of patients.

Our NHS Success! tour of schools, colleges and academies opens the door to a career in the NHS, explaining all about what’s available and pointing young people to where they can find out more info on NHS jobs and the qualifications they’ll need. Check it out – there’s even a job called Anatomical Pathology Technologist (better to write than say!).

More than 6,000 young people saw NHS Success! As usual, the feedback was fantastic:

  • 97% of young people found our show informative
  • 96% said it was enjoyable
  • 89% would recommend it for other students
  • 76% said it made them think seriously about a career in the NHS

We’ve inspired the next generation to consider a career in the NHS, or as this student tweeted after the show:

#stepintothenhs performance was rad today tbh, I’m actually thinking about looking for jobs within the NHS

I’m really proud of the NHS and how it serves our communities. I’m especially proud to be helping young people learn more about the amazing opportunities open to them in the NHS.