As we come closer to October when the recycling funds are credited ready for the December cheques being sent to our charity Torbay Holiday Helpers Network it seemed like a good time to give everyone an update on how this years collections going.
We've had a fantastic amount of recycling dropped to our collection points and have been really pleased with how many people are supporting the collection.
Sadly the amount going to Torbay Holiday Helpers Network will not be anywhere near what we'd like due to numerous problems we've had with Tor2. Torbay Council had kindly provided two big wheely bins specifically for use with storing the recycling prior to posting off to the recycling company as previously it was being kept in a shed and had attracted rats. The bins are kept separate from the household bins of the driveway they are stored on, and are clearly labeled that they are not to be emptied, however on a number of occasions Tor2 have come along when no one is home and emptied them as household waste. We tried to get the bags of recycling back and were told there was no chance and tried each time to make it clear these bins were not to be touched and were assured it would not happen again yet it has happened a number of times and in total we estimate around £500 worth of recycling was taken to landfill, which has been absolutely devastating as it completely spoils the point of the collection as well as takes away much needed funds from THHN unnecessarily. To stop this happening again Torbay Council have kindly made up special signage for the bins to make it even clearer these bins are to be left alone and we are hoping this will stop any future problems. Its been a heartbreaking blow especially as we know the trouble everyone goes to, putting aside their recycling and dropping it at collection points, which we appreciate so much and we can only apologise that this has happened. Sadly no apologies have come from Tor2.
Moving on though, we are staying positive and working extra hard to promote the collection to make up for lost funds and have been doing leaflet drops around Torbay to spread the word and have just this week set up our first collection point in Exeter at Little Joey's Softplay Cafe on West Street (off Fore Street).
The account currently has £173.16 in it which is still a fantastic amount, especially when you consider it has come purely from what would usually go in the bin and has meant less unnecessary landfill. There are parcels of recycling in the post still to be counted too and we still have until the end of the month to boost this years cheque.
Huge thanks to everyone who supports and collects for us, the businesses who run collection points, Wendy from the Pond cafe in Paignton who keeps all of her cafes coffee packaging and biscuit wrappers, and as always Carol Arthur from Torbay Council who has provided invaluable and ongoing support.