What does the seasonal garden waste service cover?
The garden waste collection service is seasonal and covers collections from March to November.

Why is the service seasonal?
During the winter months there is a substantial reduction in service usage, meaning the service is underutilised and inefficient.

As a direct response to the increasing pressure on Council budgets we were faced with the difficult decision to either increase the charges significantly to cover a full year service, or deliver a seasonal service and maintain current charging levels. The options were assessed by Councillors at both Cabinet and Strong Community Select committees and the preferred option was for a seasonal garden waste service.

Can I put food waste in my garden waste bag?
All food waste including peelings must be put in your food waste box and not in the garden waste bag. This is particularly important as food will be collected separately to garden waste later in the year. Food waste will be going to a separate anaerobic digestion facility. Garden waste will be composted locally and cannot contain food waste under new waste regulations.
Alternatively food waste can be composted at home.

What happens to the material?
Welsh Government legislation requires us to collect food and garden waste separately later this year. The food waste will be going to anaerobic digestion in Bridgend which creates electricity and soil fertiliser. Garden will be sent to be composted locally at a facility in Abergavenny.

Why do I have to pay for garden waste collections?
There is no legislative duty to collect garden waste and under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 councils can make a charge to recover collection costs.

Why isn’t it included in my Council Tax?
Not all residents need garden waste collected so it would be unfair to charge for it through Council Tax. Many compost at home and use the soil improver in their gardens.

Is the Council making money from selling the compost?
No – the council is only allowed to recover costs for garden waste collection. We have to manage the disposal costs without passing on these charges to residents. Disposal costs are currently in excess of £210,000 per year.

What else can I do with my garden waste if I don’t want a permit or during the winter months?
The best way to deal with garden waste is to use a home compost bin, these can be purchased from a local garden centre.
Household Waste Recycling Centres are open year round for free disposal of garden waste.
Alternatively you could store the waste to place out for collection in March (upon purchase of a new permit).

What do I do with my compostable pet waste in winter?
If you have a vegetarian pet you can dispose of that material in the same ways as noted above or store the waste until the March collection (upon purchase of a permit for the next year).

What happens to the garden waste after it’s collected?
It goes for composting and the resulting product gets used on agricultural land to improve the soil. Some of the garden waste produced in Monmouthshire is treated on a farm in Abergavenny and re-used locally.

What about winter pruning and leaf fall?
We have tried to capture the main gardening season including leaf fall and winter pruning. You can take additional material to the Household Waste Recycling Centres or store it for collections in March (upon purchase of a permit for the next year).

Will my Christmas tree be collected?
As the service is now seasonal and will not be operation during the winter months, Christmas trees will not be collected. Household Waste Recycling Centres will accept trees as will some garden centres.

Will seasonal collections result in more fly tipping?
Neighbouring authorities who provide a seasonal garden waste collection have not seen an increase in fly tipping.