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Spring cleaners warned to check waste

Those conducting a spring clean or clearing out lofts and garages have been warned to double check what they are throwing out.

A new survey carried out by Hippobag operators Hippowaste suggests that the value of goods left out for refuse collectors could carry far greater worth than its owner may even realise.

In a consensus of 100 waste transfer stations and household tips across the country, the national waste management firm found the top 10 strangest things that people throw away.

Top of the list was a mattress stuffed with £5,000 worth of savings that an elderly lady had forgotten about and an entire collection of the extremely valuable Beano comic spanning 25 years.

Hippowaste managing director James Bennett said: “Waste and how much we throw away is a serious business in the UK, but we wanted to do some light-hearted research into what ends up in our bins.

“This survey has generated some fascinating results and shows that people will literally throw anything away, whether intentionally or by mistake.”

While an estimated 434 million tonnes of waste is produced annually in the UK, the average Briton is said to produce roughly nine times his body weight in household waste each year.

Other major items included a suitcase full of human skulls and bones from a biology laboratory, a £3,000 wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses meant for the dry cleaners and an entire mans wardrobe including golf clubs thrown away by a disgruntled wife who had discovered he was having an affair.

Top secret documents for a British aircraft carrier, a hoax bomb that initiated an army investigation and a travel agency’s takings of £200,000 that required a major recovery operation also featured.

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