Our Local Environment – Diversity Plan – Sustainability and Recycling arrangements – ‘Think before you skip’ and Fly tipping

Biodiversity – The Community Council and Residents take pride in their local area which has beautiful views and vistas, wild flowers, fauna and wildlife. The Council has set out its’ biodiversity plan which aims to support and protect our local area for years to come.

The Community Council agreed their Biodiversity Plan on 30 October 2019. You can view it on the link here or on the policies and plans page Biodiversity Plan final

Recycling and waste collections 

The most efficient way for residents to report issues is through My Monmouthshire platform Apus#Appy. This allows the County Council to monitor the data and respond swiftly to queries

The Frequently Asked Questions link are detailed on the webpage  https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/march-on-for-recycling-changes-faqs  All the FAQs are Monty Chat Bot ready so residents should be able to find their answers quickly and easily.

Green Flag 

A record-breaking 201 parks and green spaces, including universities, cemeteries, woodlands and allotments across Wales have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.  The Green Flag Award programme is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement. A full list of award winners is available on the Keep Wales Tidy website: www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag

Recycling – ‘Think before you skip’

The Community Council supports the reuse of recyclable items and materials and would encourage everyone to recycle their unwanted items. There are a number of opportunities to do this through local recycling centres,  Llanfoist recycling centre is to open a recycling shop in the late autumn. Homemakers Community Recycling is a locally based charity in Abergavenny which will take and recycle your unwanted items.

Fly tipping, Rubbish and Litter

Some residents have voiced concerns about the amount of rubbish around our lanes and in our hedgerows. Apart from looking unsightly the rubbish poses a threat to farm animals and wildlife so we are asking for your help. If we all try to take a bag with us when walking the lanes and pick up any litter that we see- if it is safe to do so- hopefully we will keep the problem under control.

As part of the effort to tackle fly-tipping, Fly-tipping Action Wales have recently re-launched our It’s Your Duty to Care | Eich Dyletswydd Chi yw Gofalu campaign. Created in partnership with Welsh Government, the campaign urges householders in Wales to always check for a waste carrier license on the Natural Resources Wales website before employing any person or company to remove excess rubbish from their property.

Over 70% of fly-tipped waste in Wales contains unwanted household items and rubbish, most often, this is the result of a householder unknowingly putting their excess household waste into the hands of a fly-tipper.

Fly-tipping is a serious crime, which poses an immediate threat to the environment, animals, local communities, and our beautiful Welsh landscapes. So, as ever, we are keen to continue working alongside our partners and stakeholders, like yourselves, to help tackle fly-tipping in Wales and to increase public awareness around prevalent waste crimes.

If householders do not carry out these necessary checks and their waste is found fly-tipped, they can now be fined £300 and risk prosecution for not following their Household Waste Duty of Care.

Furthermore, the return of the campaign coincides with a rising concern (shared by local authorities in Wales), over an increase in illegitimate waste carriers posing as registered household waste removal services on social media. These people often advertise low prices to entice customers and dupe people into believing they are licenced services who will dispose of household waste legally and responsibly. In reality, the collected rubbish is later fly-tipped in fields, country lanes or along roadsides, putting the householder who paid and arranged for the service at risk of being fined £300.

While this has remained a concern for many years, it is feared that this waste crime has become even more common since the outbreak of COVID-19, with many rogue traders taking advantage of lockdown restrictions and householders who feel too anxious to leave their homes during these unprecedented times.

Dog Fouling-bag it and bin it.”

 Local authorities and Gwent Police are empowered to issue fixed penalty notices and owners failing to pick up their pet’s excrement face a £75 on the spot fine.  If the person refuses to pay, and the case is taken to court the offender may be fined up to £1,000.  Dog owners failing to pick up can be easily reported to the council via: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/home/streets-parking-and-transport/recycling-and-waste/dogfouling/

 It has been brought to the Councils attention that dogs are being allowed to foul in and around  private property.  Please ensure your dog is under control and you are aware of their whereabouts.   If walking a dog , please ensure you are aware of where it is fouling and pick up!