Blackpool 'Rover' service will continue to collect residents' unwanted items

A service which collects residents' unwanted items for recycling is to continue operating for another year at least.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 1:28 pm
Blackpool Council's Rover recycling service
Blackpool Council's Rover recycling service

Blackpool Council has appointed Burnley-based Calico Enterprise Ltd to run its Rover and Bulky Matters service with the contract lasting for a year, with the option of extending for a further year "subject to budget, demand and satisfactory review."

A tendering process was held in August for the service, which also operates in Wyre borough, with 18 suppliers registering an interest.

The Rover service comprises of a mobile van which travels to set locations at certain times to enable people to drop off unwanted goods for recycling.

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It runs alongside Bulky Matters, a collecton service for larger items which can be used by appointment.

A council report says: "The contractor must provide enough resource to handle as a minimum, 6,500 collections per year across the two authorities operating six days per week including two evenings."