Recycling Rover hits road

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

A mobile recycling unit is today visiting locations around Blackpool in a bid to reduce fly-tipping and increase recycling.

The big green van has been nicknamed Rover by Blackpool Council staff, for its portable nature and because it will ‘fetch’ recycling throughout the town.
The free scheme, run for the authority by Helping Hand, allows households to get rid of goods, such as electrical items, wood, clothes or paint, to be recycled, if they are unable to get to the town’s Bispham skip.
Now residents are being encouraged to make the most of weekly times the van will visit areas across the resort, from Grange Park to Marton and North Shore to Layton.
And the council has said it will be announcing new dates for collections in South Shore soon.
Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member responsible for streetscene, said: “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.”
Council bosses believe difficulty getting to the tip, on Bristol Avenue, is a big factor in fly-tipping problems. 
It is hoped it will also dramatically reduce the amounts of electrical items thrown away in the refuse collection non-recycling bins.

Rover routes:

Wednesdays: 9am - 9.30am The Hub, Victory Road

9.45am - 10.15am Leamington Road, at the junction of Liverpoool Road

10.30am - 11am Ripon Road, outside the Helping Hand building

11.15am - 11.45am Ibbison Court, off Montrose Avenue

Noon - 12.30pm Middle Street, at the junction of Louise Street

1.30pm - 2pm Condor Grove, between Thornber Grove and Park Road

2.15pm - 2.45pm Powell Avenue, at the Haweside Lane end

3pm - 3.30pm Boston Way

Thursdays: 9am - 9.30am City Learning Centre, Bathurst Avenue.

9.45am - 10.15am Dinmore Avenue opposite the junction of Marlhill Road.

10.30am - 11am Easington Crescent opposite Chipping Grove.

11.15am - 11.45am Yew Tree Road near the underground recycling units.

Noon - 12.30pm Christ the King Social Centre on Chepstow Road.

1.30pm - 2pm Grange Road at the Junction of Wilford Street.

2.15pm - 2.45pm Spencer Court off Talbot Road.

3.15pm - 3.45pm Links Road outside Holy Family Parish Church

Fridays: 9am - 9.30am Langdale Road at the junction of Birkside Way

9.45am - 10.15am Langdale Road at the junction of Ambleside Rd

10.30am - 11am Langdale Road at the turning circle off Clifton Road

11.15am - 11.45am Deepdale Road at the junction with Lindbeck Road

Noon - 12.30pm Sunningdale Ave at the junction of Fayles Grove

1.30pm - 2pm Penrose Ave at the junction of Elaine Ave

2.15pm - 2.45pm Falkland Ave at the junction of Joyce Ave 3.15pm - 3.45pm Southbourne Road at Weymouth Road