A Monmouth community project is enjoying the benefits of compost produced from garden waste collected in the town by the council’s recycling and waste service.  Monmouthshire County Council’s My Day My Life Hub community garden at Overmonnow Family Learning Centre is using compost processed locally by the Green Waste Company to grow vegetables, salad crops and fruit.

 Day Centre Officer Cathryn Yeates said: “It’s great that we’re able to re-use waste from the gardens of Monmouth’s residents.  This is closed loop recycling at its very greenest.”

 Abergavenny’s Green Waste Company has reprocessed garden waste from Monmouth and Abergavenny for over a year and has been successful in securing a longer term contract to reprocess all the garden waste produced in the county from 2018.  The company’s Andrew Lewis said: “It’s great to be able to support the Monmouth My Day My Life Hub garden like this.  We are delighted to be working with the council and with this exciting community project.  Our Green2Earth composted soil improver is a locally produced, sustainable product which will improve soil structure, increase worm population and provide a slow releasing source of nitrogen, phosphates and potash for the garden.  We look forward to hearing about the successes of this project and supplying Monmouthshire residents with our Green2 Earth soil improver.”

 Councillor Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for recycling and waste added: “This is a really positive initiative and delivers on so many of the aspirations of the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act.  It encompasses a local company securing a long term contract to reprocess garden waste, creating jobs, making a positive contribution to the environment, reducing carbon emissions and being able to use the compost in such a sustainable way.”

 For further information on turning garden waste into compost contact Education and Awareness Officer Sue Parkinson – SusanParkinson@monmouthshire.gov.uk