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TVs, pirate hats and a pop-up Kama Sutra dumped by students
8:30am Sunday 1st July 2012 in News
IT’S a treasure trove of unwanted stuff collected from just one neighbourhood that includes laptops, luxury watches, rubber ducks, punch bags and pirate hats.
Even a mint condition pop-up Kama Sutra book was there for the taking from the tens of thousands of items jettisoned by end-of-year of students.
Among the haul were also one ton of clothes, hundreds of discarded shoes TVs, toasters, computer equipment and handbags.
But this mammoth mountain of items, piling up in a Southampton church, is all thanks to a local character.
For converted milk float Eco Ernie has been a familiar sight in Southampton’s Polygon as he ferried student’s unwanted possessions from kerbsides.
The float has been used by teams of volunteers as part of a Solent University scheme to cut mountains of rubbish that used to be left on residential streets and to provide a fundraising boost for the community.
Andy Brown, from Solent University student union who was helping with the junk busting drive, said: “What is amazing is that 70 to 80 per cent of all this can be reused.
“I am shocked at the amount of items that are good enough for the students to take home with them.