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Stockport spruces itself up with old junk

Stockport residents were challenged to come up with imaginative ways of re-using their junk to brighten up the front of their houses recently.

The scheme, organised by Stockport Council's Waste Management Team and Groundwork, was called 'Spruce up your front with your old junk'.

Residents of all ages from the Shaw Heath area tackled the task with zest, showing an abundance of creative talent. The youngest entrant, a two-year old, planted flowers inside her wellies.

Winner, Mrs Murray, found a novel way of re-using an old vacuum cleaner and biscuit tin, turning them into an unusual flower container. The other prize winners found new ways of using sandpits and old computer monitors.

Councillor Hazel Lees said: "Although it was a fun competition, the serious message is that re-using our waste where possible is even better than recycling, especially if things cannot be recycled."

Residents said the competition made them think more about their waste and what they can re-use and recycle and are hoping something similar will be held next year.

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