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Blackpool extends recycling service

More than 1,000 properties in Blackpool will be receiving blue and grey wheeled bins this week in an extension of the resorts recycling scheme. The bins will hold cans, glass and plastic and will be regularly emptied for recycling. Areas based in the town centre will be mainly affected by the rollout, including homes on Peter Street, Granville Road and Elizabeth Street. The council said that further research will be undertaken to include other properties as soon as possible. Cabinet member for waste and recycling Ian Fowler said: The council is thrilled that Blackpool has embraced the recycling cause so readily. Despite initial hesitation from some residents, the majority of us now recycle regularly, willingly and with pride. As a result, its been a bumper recycling year all round and were far exceeding the minimum targets. Let us hope our success so far will provide inspiration for the next wave of households. Resident Laura Latham said: I have been waiting for the bins for some time as I think they are a really good idea. We have already been recycling for a while and take things like glass bottles to the recycling point on my weekly shop. But this will enable us to recycle straight from our doorstep as well as far more materials than I am currently recycling, which I would welcome. Since launching its Recycle for Blackpool scheme two years ago, the town has seen its recycling rate go from 18% to just over 30%. Image: Coleen Nolan launching new bins

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