Youngstars wired for sound after landing competition win

Some of the youngsters with their new equipment.

Some of the youngsters with their new equipment.

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Local youth theatre group Rising Youngstars were bright sparks recently when they landed first prize in a competition for £1,000 worth of electrical goods.

The group, which stages two shows a year and is run entirely by volunteers, requested wireless microphone headsets systems.

Not-for-profit Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme REPIC organised the competition which, supported by Angus Council, invited community groups, schools and good causes in Angus – and 19 other areas across the UK – to try to win the equipment. Entrants had to say what new electrical product/products they needed and answer the question “What does WEEE stand for?”

Hundreds of entries were received for wide-ranging electricals including IT equipment, household electricals, laptops, Kindles and CD players; unusual requests included digital heart rate monitors for a school science class, DJ equipment and water coolers for a school.

Ruth Nelson, organiser, said: “We have around 50 to 60 young people aged from five to 18 from the local community who attend the youth theatre group. It was amazing to win the competition as we put on a show each year and not having to hire in the microphones will make a huge difference.”

Dr Philip Morton, CEO of REPIC, said the competition was part of the scheme’s aim to raise awareness of responsible recycling.

He continued: “It has been fantastic to see so much engagement and we are delighted these donated new electricals will benefit the local community.

“Everyone has their part to play when it comes to recycling old electricals and we also introduced our first recycling website, www.responsible-recycling.co.uk, where people can go to for numerous tips. You can also find your nearest recycling centre by clicking on the site’s ‘Where Can I Recycle?’ tab.”