Monmouthshire County Council is celebrating news that its recycling service provides the best value net cost of any local authority in Wales.

According to a report from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) which has analysed waste finance data for financial year 2015/16, the cost of Monmouthshire’s household waste service per tonne is £89 – considerably lower than any other Welsh authority and well below the Welsh average of £147 per tonne.  The figures include dry recycling, food waste and green waste collected from the kerbside and taken to household waste recycling centres as well as residual waste.  Costs include collection, transfer, treatment and disposal.

Meanwhile the council’s own figures indicate that it’s on course to beat its target to recycle and compost 66% of the county’s waste in the 2016/17 financial year.  The council’s performance in the first three quarters of the year has exceeded the target and Head of Waste & Street Services Rachel Jowitt believes that the final quarter will follow suit.  She said: “I’d like to thank residents for their contribution towards these impressive results.  It’s largely down to their hard work that we’re able to deliver such a good service.”

Monmouthshire cabinet member with responsibility for recycling and waste, Councillor Bryan Jones added: “These figures from the WLGA and our own statistics demonstrate that our recycling and waste service is heading in the right direction.  As well as recycling waste at a remarkable rate we are providing a service effectively and efficiently.  I warmly thank the county’s residents for their role in helping us to reach this position.”