Rover robot means you can go to the tip

Launch of Blackpool Council's new mobile tip service, 'Rover'.'L-R Councillor Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for street scene with Sam Cornwell and Mark Ryles from Helping Hand.

Launch of Blackpool Council's new mobile tip service, 'Rover'.'L-R Councillor Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for street scene with Sam Cornwell and Mark Ryles from Helping Hand.

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A new mobile recycling robot is taking to the streets of Blackpool to help people who can’t get to the tip.

‘Rover’ will be collecting recycling at locations throughout the town. It is available to all residents in the resort and is the first scheme of its kind in Lancashire.

It is hoped the vehicle, so named because of its portable nature, will help the 23,000 households in Blackpool who do not own a car to get to the tip on Bristol Avenue, Bispham.

Blackpool Council bosses believe difficulty getting to the tip is a big factor in fly-tipping problems.

It is hoped it will also dramatically reduce the amount of electrical items currently thrown away in the refuse collection non-recycling bins.

Coun Gillian Campbell, the cabinet member responsible for street scene, said: “This is an innovative and exciting idea which we hope will increase recycling rates, reduce fly-tipping and provide better customer service to residents, especially those unable to get to Bristol Avenue.

“It’s very simple. The mobile unit will stop at locations around Blackpool for a few hours a week, every week, at each point, allowing residents to travel a shorter distance to deposit goods at the tip.”

The free-to-use scheme is an 18-month pilot being run by Helping Hand, funded by Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council.

Items that will be accepted by the mobile unit include electrical items, clothing and textiles, paint, phones, cans, glass and plastic.

Residents will be notified when Rover is visiting their area, with locations including Kincraig Road, Bathurst Avenue, Grange Road, Egerton Road, Loftos Avenue, Burlington Road, Arnold Avenue, Harrowside, Spencer Court, Greyscote Court, Victory Road, Revoe Park, Waterloo Road, Central Drive and Langdale.

For more information on the scheme, visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/recycling.

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