Tor2 collection delays due to driver shortages, too much cardboard and breakdowns

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(Last Updated On: June 18, 2018)

If you live in Torbay, there’s a chances you’ve had a missed or late refuse or recycling collection over the past few months.

Tor2 have blamed the problems on a shortage or drivers, vehicle breakdowns and the volume of cardboard being left for recycling.

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson for Tor 2 said: “TOR2 have been experiencing problems with their collection vehicles and have been running behind on collections in some areas, due to both vehicle breakdowns and a shortage of drivers. Torbay Council has worked withTOR2 to establish a recovery plan, which includes working at the weekend to catch up in areas where collections have been delayed.

“The volume of cardboard is causing severe issues, as the vehicles that can be deployed do not have the space for all the cardboard that is being presented. Members of the public are advised in some areas cardboard will be collected by a separate vehicle and to leave this out for collection.

“TOR2 will continue to employ more drivers along with training current staff to drive the vehicles.

“TOR2 are currently working to collect Friday 15th June collections for the majority of recycling rounds. Please continue to present your recycling on your collection day. We have crews doing over and above their normal rounds to try and catch up.”

Local MP Kevin Foster has said the situation with the Tor 2 collectoins in parts of the bay are unacceptable: “A number of constituents have contacted me over the weekend regarding the unacceptable situation in parts of the bay with the Tor 2 refuse collections. Some residents have now gone two weeks without a collection, which Tor 2 has attributed to staff shortages and equipment failure.

“Constituents and council tax payers have a right to a significantly better service from Tor 2 than they are currently receiving, and nor is it all about better communications as has been claimed by some.

“I have been in contact with the Council today and have urged them to work proactively with Tor 2 over the next couple of days to carry out additional collections in the areas affected, including Goodrington and parts of Paignton,”

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