The following text was last edited 28/03/2013
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Here is a summary of what will happen with recycling and waste in Monmouthshire from July 2013.
Changes to the bags:
We understand the concerns people have voiced about privacy so we are going to provide bags of a similar grade and opacity to the red and purple recycling bags but without any colour pigment (the bags appear silver in finish without colour pigmentation).
If you’re still concerned about your privacy, you can wrap up items so they remain unseen.
There has been some confusion about how this will work and whether people will need to put loose rubbish in these bags.
Rubbish doesn’t need to be loose in the bags. We know a lot of people already use bin liners and put these in black bags – this practice can continue. All we want is for the recycling that might have gone into those bin liners or black bags to go into the red and purple bags or the food into the caddy.
Any sensitive waste can be wrapped – that is fine. And if special collections or arrangements are needed then please contact us and we will do all we can to assist you.
We will continue with plans to restrict the amount of bags for waste collection that we collect to two bags per household every fortnight. Our weekly collection of your recycling is still unlimited.
Limiting the volume of rubbish that a household may put out for collection to two bags every fortnight will be challenging for some households but we also know that 70% of what is in the black bags is recyclable – 34% is food waste and we collect that weekly.
We know you will need time to settle into these new arrangements.
We will not be leaving rubbish on the streets but after a reasonable settling in period we will visit people who are struggling to meet the two bag limit per fortnight limit. In exceptional circumstances – for instance if you have many people in your household – people may be allowed to use more than two bags.
This is not just about increasing reusing and recycling materials, it also makes financial sense. Materials recycled through the red and purple bags are processed free of charge; every tonne of rubbish that goes to landfill costs us £122.
Limiting the amount of rubbish that households may put out is not particularly new – some authorities have been doing this for years. If all residents could help us achieve this the cost of waste disposal for Monmouthshire could go down by £1m every year.
We will continue with our new charge for garden waste collection. The charge will be small – working out at around 15p per week.
The reason for this is that it is really expensive to collect and treat green waste and it is possible for residents to compost their green waste themselves. Most people do not have huge amounts of green waste to dispose of all year around – but if and when you do have garden waste you can bring it to a recycling centre, or compost it.
From the summer if you want a kerbside collection then you will need to register and pay for the service so a new brown bag with a permit will be delivered to you.
We’ll make the process as simple as possible.
Council tax hasn’t increased and we still have to deliver services to vulnerable people, businesses, young people and keep things like our roads, schools and parks working and clean.
We are asking residents to please help us recycle more but we do understand that these kind of changes can be frustrating to get used to.
We promise we will do all we can to make the changes as smooth as possible and we will help as much as we can with information and assistance while we all get used to the adjustments to the service.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.