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Manchester City Council collected six van loads of blankets and old duvets left by students who left at the end of last term.

The vans collected the old bedding from homes and halls of residence across the south of the city.

The City Council also arranged a pilot scheme, organising extra collections and sending information packs to student homes throughout May and June, resulting in 10tonnes of paper, card and glass being sent for recycling and 50 bags of textiles being given to charities.

Students also donated boxes of cutlery, crockery and kitchen utensils to the university, and these have now been given to charities such as Oxfam, the Mustard Tree and the Wesley Community Furniture.

Lisa Graham from Manchester Dogs’ Home said: “The duvets have been put to excellent use by our elderly and injured dogs that require a thicker, softer bed to support their injuries and joints.

“A big thank you from the dogs and staff at Manchester dogs home to all who donated their duvets.”

Nigel Murphy, the council’s assistant executive member for the environment, said: “This shows students are keen to contribute to the city’s recycling drive.”

Luke Walsh

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