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The residents of Usk are becoming more aware of the need to recycle waste. The local amenity re-cycling centre in Maryport Street, Usk is well used.

Facilities include skips for glass, paper, scrap metal, cardboard, wood, textiles, plastic bottles and cans. A large skip is provided for green garden waste.

Daffodils by the River Usk.

There is a doorstep waste collection by Monmouthshire County Council. Householders are supplied with bio-degradable bags for their food waste.  Separate bags are used for paper and for cans, some plastic and glass.  Garden waste is also collected.  More than 50% of waste is recycled and the goal is to recycle 70%. 

Usk hosts a successful weekly Country Market selling home-made cakes and confectionery. Twice monthly there is a thriving Farmerís Market which involves twenty to thirty local producers selling meat, fish, dairy products, preserves, apple juice, wines, bread, cakes and plants.

Usk is now a Fair Trade Town. Local traders have being contacted and public displays and Fair Trade stalls are arranged at the Farmer's Market and other local events.