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Rover Scoops National Award

Innovative Rover scoops national award

20th May 2015

Blackpool Council’s innovative idea to boost recycling has scooped a national award.

The Rover service, which travels to various locations around the town and takes away their unwanted items, has been hailed as the ‘Best Community Recycling Initiative’ in the LetsRecycle.com Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.

The awards were announced on Thursday in London by TV host Eamonn Holmes.

Rover, which launched back in October 2013, has collected almost 200 tonnes of waste from 10,000 local residents that otherwise would have gone to landfill.

Around 23,000 households in Blackpool do not own a car which would allow them to drive to the tip on Bristol Avenue, Bispham. Difficulty getting to the tip, Blackpool Council believes, is a big factor in fly-tipping problems which can sometimes infuriate local residents.

John Blackledge, Blackpool Council’s Director for Community and Environmental Services, said: “Rover is a fantastic example of how the Council is thinking of new, creative ideas to help improve the town.

“Not only does it make it recycling easier for residents but it also makes it more efficient for us too. Electrical items that were being put in the black bins are now being recycled so they can be used again, while other items that are still in a good condition can be sold on at the Re-use store.

“The service has proved extremely popular over the last 18 months and we are now travelling to around 70 locations across Blackpool every week. Ever since day one we’ve been improving the service and we will continue to do that to make it even more helpful for local people.”

Items that will be accepted by Rover include:

• Electrical items (TVs, toasters, hair dryers etc)
• Cans
• Glass
• Plastic
• Spectacles
• Phones
• Paper/cardboard
• Wood
• Scrap metals
• Batteries - large and domestic
• Clothes and textiles
• Paint

It is operated by third sector provider, Helping Hand, on behalf of Blackpool Council.

The scheme is free and runs alongside Blackpool Council’s existing Bulky Matters waste collection scheme which collects large items direct from people’s homes for a small fee (£6 per item with a minimum of three items).

All the materials Rover collects are either recycled or sold via the Re-Use Store at the Bristol Avenue tip – another Blackpool Council innovation.

The Re-use shop sells items donated by members of the public that would otherwise have been thrown away.

For Rover’s times and locations, please visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/rover

On behalf of Lancashire CRN, congratulations to everyone involved with the Rover service!

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