Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MY HOBBY IS RUBBISH ... AND THAT'S FINE WITH ME ; Shopping Centre Cleaner Tony Di Rosa Reveals His Passion for Collecting Things Other People Throw Away.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MY HOBBY IS RUBBISH ... AND THAT'S FINE WITH ME ; Shopping Centre Cleaner Tony Di Rosa Reveals His Passion for Collecting Things Other People Throw Away.

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CLEANER Tony di Rosa feels right at home with his hobby... collecting other people's rubbish.

The married father-ofone, 49, of Whitworth Road, Rochdale, is in charge of sorting and recycling the tonnes of waste material generated by businesses, market stalls and shoppers at Rochdale Exchange shopping centre and even spends his own free time rescuing things others throw away.

And over the years, he has collected some gems he has treasured ever since.

The former builder and cotton mill worker said: "I'm not much into modern things, I don't have a mobile phone and I'm not computer literate but I really enjoy collecting stuff from the past."

Among his highlights of momentoes is a 12-yearold photo of pop duo The Cheeky Girls.

"That photo is special to me as I remember the day very clearly. The girls arrived with their entourage, came into the basement where I was working, then went upstairs to cut the ribbon at HMV."

Another of Tony's treasured finds was a 1960s enamel ice cream sign thrown out by a shop near his home. …

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