Extension of 2020 garden waste collections

We are extending our garden waste collections for the 2020 season.

This year we have decided to extend our garden waste collections up to the 15th of January 2021.
Please note there will be no collections between Monday 21st December and Friday 1st January.

This is to make up for the loss of service during the Covid-19 outbreak. We are going to take a break for the two weeks of Christmas but we will be collecting for two weeks following Christmas, perfect for our customers to recycle their Christmas tree if they have one. The extra collections will be available to current 2020 garden waste customers only.

Here is a collection calendar showing the extra dates.
Your collection day will remain the same.

Extension of 2020 collections calendar

FAQs

What will you collect during the extension of garden waste collections?
We will collect garden waste from permitted bags only. We will collect real Christmas trees from 2020 garden waste customers only.

What can I do with my Christmas tree if I’m not a garden waste customers?
The sale of permits for the 2020 garden waste collection service has closed. You can take real Christmas trees to the Recycling Centre. You must book a slot in advance.


Seasonal Garden Waste Collection Service 2021

Garden waste collection is changing.

For the 2021 collection season, Monmouthshire will be collecting your garden waste fortnightly and providing you with a 240 litre wheeled bin.

The charge per bin is £28 and you may purchase as many bins as you require. You will be able to order your bin online, in our community Hubs or by calling our contact centre when registration opens.

Each bin will be collected once per fortnight from 1st March 2021 to 3rd December 2021.

Registration will open in January 2021.

Seasonal garden waste service:
The garden waste service is a seasonal collection and will operate from March to November. Therefore, there will be no garden waste collections in winter from the start of December to the end of February. All garden waste is now collected separately to the food waste.


2021 garden waste collection FAQs

When can I register for garden waste collections in 2021?
We will open for registrations for the 2021 collection service in January 2021. The collection service starts from 1st March 2021.

What happens once you have registered?
Please allow up to 14 days for your bin(s) to arrive.

Why have you changed to garden waste wheeled bins?
The reasons we have changed to bins are:

  • When we asked customers which they would prefer the majority asked for bins. The results from the recent garden waste public survey can be viewed here.
  • Bins are more environmentally friendly, they will be made from recycled plastic and are recyclable themselves at the end of life. The bags are not.
  • Bins offer better value for money, to keep the same service as we currently have we needed to increase the cost of a bag to over £40 to cover the cost of running the service.
  • Bins can be wheeled by residents and do not have to be carried or lifted.
  • Bins are better for the Health & Safety of our collection crews as the bins can be wheeled and mechanically lifted. Whereas the bags have to be lifted above shoulder height to be tipped into the collection vehicle.
  • Bins offer clean storage.
  • Bins can be used to store waste over the non-collection winter months.

How do I use the wheeled bin?
You should store your garden waste bin on your property. Fill it with garden waste, ensure that the lid is closed. Your bin has two wheels on the same side as the handle. Tilt the bin so it is on the two wheels and you will be able to manoeuvre it. Place your bin at the kerbside before 7am on your day of collection. After collection return your bin to your property.

What should I do with the garden waste bags?
You do not need to return them to the council. You can use them as you choose to. They can still be useful in the garden.

Will I get a permit with a wheeled bin?
You will not receive a physical permit this year. A record of your subscription to the garden waste service will be stored electronically and the collection crews will have a system that tells them which properties have paid for the service.

What if I can’t store a bin?
We will work with our customers who cannot store a wheelie bin to ensure the service is still available to them.

What if I can’t move a bin?
We will work with our customers who cannot move a wheelie bin to ensure the service is still available to them.

Will there be another break in the garden waste service?
Key services were prioritised during the Covid19 lockdown and we are still in a state of national crisis where following social distancing rules is of utmost importance. We will do our very best to keep the garden waste service running normally but this cannot be guaranteed.

How can I manage my garden waste at home?
Raising the cutting height on blades and mowing more frequently without collecting grass cuttings will help to fertilize the ground and reduce the amount of waste that needs disposing of.
Home composting is an easy alternative for dealing with grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings.
You don’t need a compost bin, just a small area set aside for a simple compost heap will do. If it’s in a sunny spot the grass cuttings will rot down quickly so this can be a practical solution while garden collections are on hold.
A garden compost heap can be beneficial to insects and wildlife at a time when nature also needs a home. Wild patches of grass, hedges and tree canopy also play a huge part in the fight against Climate Change.

Can I burn my garden waste?
Please do not burn garden or any other waste. Environmental health officers are receiving a large increase in complaints and have appealed to the county’s residents to be good neighbours during these difficult times.  People with existing respiratory problems and those recovering from Covid-19 need to be protected from poor air quality, including smoke from bonfires.


Collection rules

Please place your bins out for collection before 6am on your day of collection.

All garden waste must be inside the bin (not overflowing).

The garden waste bin must not be too heavy. The operative will have to wheel the bin to the collection vehicle. There is no set weight limit. If the operative cannot safely wheel the bin the council reserves the right to not empty the bin.

If the bin is contaminated with the wrong type of waste (e.g. food waste), the council reserve the right to not empty the bin.

The following items are accepted in the garden waste bin:

Yes please: No thanks:
Grass cuttings soil, stones, gravel and rubble
Leaves and bark large branches or logs over 2” in diameter
Plants, weeds and cut flowers Japanese Knotweed and Common Ragwort
Twigs & small branches up to 2” in diameter Food waste
Vegetarian animal bedding cat, dog or bird waste/litter

How to start Composting

Not sure what to do with your garden waste?

  1. Start composting it, it doesn’t take up much space, is easy to do, and will provide you with compost to mulch your flowers and vegetables,  See the video below
  2. Store it until green waste collections re-start
  3. Raise your mower cut height and mulch the cuttings back into the ground rather than collecting them
  4. Mow less of your lawn if you can and let it grow
Get Composting.

How to compost garden waste:

  • create a little pile of grass, leaves and hedge clippings
  • Preferably in a sunny spot (so it rots down more quickly) and on soil
  • turn occasionally with a garden fork
  • Leave out all food waste
  • Let the insects do the rest
  • Compost should be ready in 12 months

And to help nature during this Climate Emergency

  • Leave little wild patches in your garden
  • Avoid buying weed killers and pesticides
  • Pollinating insects will be attracted to your garden
  • Birds will follow in search of tasty insects
  • Hedges, shrubs and trees provide food and shelter for wildlife
  • Tree canopy cover will help reduce air pollution and the effects of climate change

Remember natures not neat …….and we need nature now as much as it needs us!

RHS advice on making compost: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=444

Henry Doubleday Garden Organic composting advice: https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/compost

Henry Doubleday Garden Organic have a set of resource sheets with information for choosing the right composting method for your situation: https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/sustainable-communities-resources