Monmouthshire reusable recycling bags

As part of the Council’s commitment to reduce single-use plastic, improve the quality of recycling and save money, we are extending our roll out of reusable recycling bags to include more areas.

Reusable bags have been successfully trialled with over 2000 households in Monmouthshire since November 2019.

Monmouthshire County Council have committed to reducing single use plastics. These new bags will reduce the amount of single use plastic we use, therefore lessening our impact on the environment.
The recycling market prefers to receive the material loose, so removing our plastic bags should reduce processing cost.
Reusable bags can be used over and over again so they will cost less to supply than the single use plastic bags we currently supply.

The reusable recycling bags will replace the current single use plastic bags for weekly recycling collections.

See a copy of the letter sent to residents on phase two of the roll out of reusable recycling bags

See the leaflet that will be delivered with the reusable bags

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use the bags?
You can write your house name/number in the box provided on the bags so they are easily identified.
Place your clean recycling inside the correct bag.
Use the Velcro seal to close the bag, this means the recycling will stay dry and securely contained. The bags are weighted to avoid them being blown away.
Place your bags in the usual place by 7am on the morning of collection.

Why change?
Reusable bags have been successfully trialled with over 2000 households in Monmouthshire since November 2019.
In May 2019 Monmouthshire County Council declared a Climate Emergency, with unanimous support from Councillors. One of the agreed steps is to reduce our single use plastics and changing to reusable recycling bags will reduce the amount of single use plastic bags we use, benefiting the environment.
The recycling market prefers to receive the material loose so removing our plastic bags should reduce processing costs. Reusable bags can be used over and over again and so will cost less to supply than the single use plastic bags we currently use.

How many bags will I get?
All households will be delivered one red bag and one purple bag. The bags have been designed to hold two plastic bags worth of recycling each, this means one bag of each colour will be enough for over 90% of our households. Provision can be made for households that produce a
larger quantity of recycling.

How will I know which bag is mine?
There is a box on the bags which we ask all residents to put their house name/number on with permanent marker so they shouldn’t get mixed up.

Will my collection days change?
No, your collection days will stay the same. Please put your waste out before 7am. The time that your waste will be collected can differ week to week.

I haven’t received a bag?
Bags will be delivered the week of 19th October. If you haven’t received your bags by 26th October, please contact us.

I will struggle to carry the bags, how can you help?
If you have difficulties carrying the bags, please contact us and our recycling officers will be able to help.

How will I know if I should receive reusable bags?
You should receive a letter (through the post) by Friday 16th October. Followed by bags and a leaflet delivered the week of the Monday 19th October.

What do I put in the bags?
The items that should go in the bag are the same as your old red and purple bags. Red bag – paper, cardboard and cartons. Purple bag – tins and cans, plastic bottles and plastic packaging. Please clean food residue from your recycling. The items must go into the reusable bag loose. Please do not put the old recycling bags inside your reusable bag.
Cartons (e.g. tetra paks) should now go into the purple recycling bag.

Are the reusable bags replacing the single use plastic bags?
Yes, reusable recycling bags will replace the current single use plastic bags for your weekly recycling collections. We will no longer collect recycling in the plastic bags.

Who is using the reusable bags?
Following a successful trial in parts of Monmouth and Caerwent on our large collection vehicles, we are rolling out reusable bags to some areas that are collected on our medium sized vehicle. This means you may see households in your area not included at this time and they will still be using the single-use plastic bags.

I haven’t received a reusable bag?
Your bags should have been left near your door. If they have gone missing please contact us.

What should I do with large amounts of cardboard?
Any cardboard should be flattened and put inside your red recycling bag if possible. If you cannot fit the cardboard inside your bag you can place flat cardboard up to 1m2 out for collection next to your recycling bag.

What will happen if my recycling is contaminated?
If a recycling bag contains the wrong items it will be stickered to show what the wrong items are and it will be not emptied. Residents should remove the contamination and the recycling will be collected on your next collection. A recycling officer will be available if you need help with your recycling.

Where should I keep my bag?
Please bring your bags back in from the kerbside after collection and store them on your property.

Christmas
We realise at certain times of the year including Christmas, a lot of households will produce extra recycling. Extra recycling can be placed out either within a cardboard box or a spare plastic box that the crews will empty and return (please keep red and purple material separate). Cardboard boxes can be flattened and placed out next to your bags (Maximum size 1m2).

How do I report a missed collection?
Please only report waste not collected after 4pm on the day of collection. You can report a missed collection on the My Monmouthshire app or website, call 01633 644644 or visit your local Community Hub. If you register on the “My Monmouthshire” system you will receive updates on your report.