Stream lining of these services will also mean that some older banks for cans and plastic will be removed as usage has declined over the past two years following the introduction of weekly kerbside collections incorporating red and purple recycling bags. Residents are now to be encouraged to place cans and plastic in their purple bags as part of the weekly recycling collection.
Monmouthshire has continued to improve its recycling service with the most recent development being the expansion of weekly kerbside collections of food waste and introduction of fortnightly rubbish collections. Most households in the county benefit from weekly collections of food, cardboard, green waste, plastic, glass, paper, tetrapaks, cans and foil. Because of the willingness of Monmouthshire’s public to recycle, the county now recycles 48% of its waste. This impressive 7% increase on the previous year puts Monmouthshire among the top performers in Wales, a performance it must maintain as the Welsh Assembly has set tough targets rising to 70% over the next 10 years.
Cllr Bryan Jones, Cabinet Member for County Operations said: “Monmouthshire needs to recycle all that it can; 48% is good but we need to be doing even more in the coming years to meet challenging Welsh Assembly targets and ensure the Council doesn’t pay onerous fines which it can ill afford. The review of bring sites with some materials being removed is about ensuring we do not duplicate provision. As our kerbside recycling has become more popular and part and parcel of everyday life, use of the bring sites has reduced. This review will save the council £50,000 which is invaluable to ensure Monmouthshire can continue to deliver its services to best effect”.