RESIDENTS planning a trip to the tip can now check how busy their nearest recycling centre is before they leave home.

BCP Council has launched a new phone app called BCP Tip Check which uses a traffic light system and provides live information about queues to help residents avoid visiting a centre when it is already busy.

It comes after what has been described as a “particularly busy” year for recycling centres across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Cllr Mark Anderson, portfolio holder for environment, cleansing and waste at BCP Council, said: “The BCP Tip Check app enables us to digitally inform residents of how busy their local centre is by using live information.

“The last year has been a particularly busy one at our recycling centres, with over 750,000 cars visiting our three recycling centres and over 40,000 tonnes of waste disposed of in 2021.”

Bournemouth Echo: Angela Harris and Cllr Mark Anderson show off the new app. Picture: BCP CouncilAngela Harris and Cllr Mark Anderson show off the new app. Picture: BCP Council

BCP Council worked with smart systems specialist, Xpertnest on the brand-new technology, which was created in response to help tackle road congestion in and around the council’s three main recycling centres.

BCP Tip Check app also provides additional information about opening hours and the services available at each site.

Cllr Anderson added: “As a local authority, we continue to make improvements in reducing the amount of waste which goes to landfill.

"I’m grateful to all our residents who continue to do their bit and dispose of waste responsibly, so collectively we can recycle as much as possible.”

The BCP Tip Check phone app is available on both Apple and Android devices. People can download the app via the App store and Google Play.

The three recycling centres are Millhams in Bourneouth, Nuffield in Poole and Wilverley Road in Christchurch.

Millhams and Nuffield recycling centres are open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Sunday with Wilverley Road open between 10am and 4pm Monday to Sunday.