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Council in running for green award

Blackpool Council have launched the Re-Use Shop at Bispham Household Waste Recycling Centre, where items too good to throw away can be donated or bought.
Pictured with some of the first items to be donated and offered for sale are L-R: Site Manager Eddie Rickwood, Cabinet Member for Streets and Transport Fred Jackson, and Head of Waste James Kelly.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
4-4-2013

Blackpool Council have launched the Re-Use Shop at Bispham Household Waste Recycling Centre, where items too good to throw away can be donated or bought. Pictured with some of the first items to be donated and offered for sale are L-R: Site Manager Eddie Rickwood, Cabinet Member for Streets and Transport Fred Jackson, and Head of Waste James Kelly. PIC BY ROB LOCK 4-4-2013

Blackpool Council’s recycling work has been recognised in national green awards.

The borough’s approach to going green, which includes affordable collection of household waste and furniture and a re-use shop, have been shortlisted in the National Recycling Awards 2014.

The authority has been shortlisted in the Local Authority Innovation category for its work in bringing in new ideas which are helping to increase recycling rates in the resort.

This includes the new Rover mobile tip service, which has proved popular in its first few months, the Re-Use Store, a shop that saves good quality items which are taken to the tip and re-sells them to raise money for charity and the running costs of the tip, and the Bulky Matters service, which helps take away residents’ unwanted items of furniture.

All three are partnership initiatives with social enterprises.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for streetscene, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been nominated.

“It’s pleasing the judges have recognised that we are trying our hardest, under really difficult financial circumstances, to look at innovative and interesting ways of helping people to recycle.

“People in Blackpool have embraced ideas like Rover, Bulky Matters and the Re-Use store, and deserve a great deal of credit for doing so.”

 

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