London Borough of Barnet

House recycling and rubbish service

bins october 14

Household Waste and Recycling Bin Collections

Depending on the kind of property you live in you will have a different selection of bins. This page is for residents who live in houses, converted flats in houses and small blocks of flats with five or less properties.

For residents who live in flat blocks with six or more flats, please see the Flats waste and recycling pages.   

Blue bin

You have a blue 240 litre blue bin for your mixed recycling - you do not need to sort the items as it all goes in the blue bin. Your blue bin is collected weekly.

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Mixed recycling
Food tins and drinks cans
Household plastic packaging
Mixed glass, bottles and jars
Mixed paper (including loose shredded paper)

What you shouldn't put in your blue bin

Batteries: please place household batteries in a clear bag on top of the lid of your blue recycling bin on your collection day.

Textiles: please do not place clothes and textiles in your blue recycling bin. Textiles can be taken to the Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre, charity shops or textile recycling banks. If you cannot recycle your textiles in any of these ways please contact us using the details on the right.

Electricals: You should not place electrical items in your blue bin. These items can be recycled at the Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre. Small electrical items can also be recycled at various electrical recycling banks across the borough.

You can also arrange a free electrical recycling collection from your home by contacting 123 Recycle For Free

Clear Sack Recycling Service
If you cannot physically accommodate a blue wheeled bin on your property, we will provide a clear sack recycling service. We will deliver batches of recycling sacks two times a year and you can put the same items in your sack as in a blue bin. If you are unsure if this applies to you or need to order more sacks contact us on the details on the right.

Brown bins 

You have a 7 litre food waste caddy for your kitchen and a 23 litre food waste bin to be kept outdoors. Your food waste caddy is for you to collect any cooked and uncooked food, fruit and vegetable peelings, leftovers and food remains in your kitchen. You can then empty your caddy's contents into your food waste bin that is kept outside. The food waste bin can be secured with a lockable lid and should be kept outside with your other bins.

14 October brown bins food waste

Food waste
Any cooked and uncooked food including:
Bread, pastries, pastas, rice
Fruit and vegetables
Meat and bones
Tea and coffee grounds

We will collect your brown food waste bin weekly

Closing and locking your brown bin

how to lock food bins

  1. Empty kitchen caddy: take bag from caddy and tie it up
  2. Open outdoor food waste bin by moving handle to rear of the bin
  3. Put tied bag in
  4. Close and lock food waste bin by closing lid and pulling handle to upright position

Compostable liners

compostable logo

We will provide you with a sample of 10 compostable liners for your food waste caddy. Compostable liners are widely available at most supermarkets, many hardware stores, and through online suppliers. We can accept liners with the seedling logo only, as these will break down during the composting process that we use. If you do not wish to use liners you can place your food waste loose into your brown bin for collection. Here are some of our recommended suppliers:

Waste is a valuable resource and composting at home is a great way to directly reap the benefits of your waste. Anyone can compost at home - you don't need to be a keen gardener, have a big garden or even live in a house to make compost. Check our Compost at Home pages for details of how you can compost. 

Green (garden) bin 

Barnet offer an optional service for green garden waste. If you are signed up to this service, you can use your green wheeled bin for garden waste only, as your food waste is collected separately. In your green bin, we accept:

Green recycling bin

Garden waste, including:

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge trimmings and tree prunings
  • branches up to 20cm in diameter (8") and under 60cm (24") in length
  • flowers leaves and weeds

The majority of the organic waste collected in Barnet is garden waste. Collecting garden waste with food waste together is costly as it has to be collected weekly and processed in an indoor facility due to food waste treatment. 

For many residents with a green bin they will have a Saturday collection. You can check your green bin collection day using our postcode lookup. Your green bin is collected fortnightly.

Black bin

All items you cannot recycle should go in your black refuse bin. This includes:

Black refuse bin (240 litre)
  • Un-recyclable rubbish
  • Plastic film/wrapping
  • Polystyrene 
  • Nappies and pet waste

Please note that energy saving light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and must be treated as hazardous waste. These should not be put in your blue or black bins but should be taken to the Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Your black bin is collected weekly.

Customer Care Unit

North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 4600

Fax: 0870 889 7459