Town hall in line for award

Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn
Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn
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Blackpool Council’s approach to recycling has been recognised by 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.

The initiatives include the new “Rover” mobile tip service which has proved incredibly popular in its first few months and 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.

The Bulky Matters service, which helps take away residents’ unwanted items of furniture, has also been recognised. 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 really embraced ideas like Rover, Bulky Matters and the Re-Use store and deserve a great deal of credit for doing so and looking after our environment.”

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on July 3. For more information about recycling in Blackpool visit