More than 14 tons of recyclable waste has been collected by a revolutionary new mobile tip service in just its first three months.
Rover, a Blackpool Council led service, visits locations around the resort to collect unwanted items from households, to be reused or recycled or, if of suitable quality, resold via the Re-Use Store at the Bristol Avenue tip.
And in its first three months it has collected 15,000kg of recyclable materials (the equivalent of 100 Blackpool donkeys or two African elephants), a total of almost 4,000 items and has been visited by almost 800 people.
Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member with responsibility for waste, said: “It’s very pleasing to see that Rover has made a big impact.
“We’re aiming to help the 36 per cent of people in Blackpool that don’t have access to a vehicle to get to the tip to recycle by going to them in prime locations in their community.
“It seems to be working well and we’re collecting everything from spectacles to sofa cushions.” The 18-month Rover pilot scheme is being run by third sector provider, Helping Hand. The scheme is free and will run alongside Blackpool Council’s existing Bulky Matters waste collection scheme which collects large items direct from people’s homes for a small fee.
Items accepted by the mobile unit include; electrical items (TVs, toasters, hair dryers etc), cans, glass, spectacles, phones, scrap metals, batteries, clothes and textiles.
For more information on recycling and locations: www.blackpool.gov.uk/recycling
Proposals for extra recycling
Town hall bosses are considering proposals to provide additional facilities for recycling household waste in Wyre.
Lancashire County Council chiefs are looking at recommendations on its provision of recycling facilities.
But this would not mean reopening household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) which have previously been closed to make savings.
County Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member for waste, said: “ We are looking at a range of options to provide extra recycling services in Wyre in a way that we can afford, which means we will need to be creative.”