London Borough of Barnet

Civic amenity and recycling centre

We collect over 40 different household materials for recycling at the centre and recycle around 68 per cent of it.

Opening hours

  • Monday - Saturday from 8am to 4pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am to 4pm.

The centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. At weekends, it's best to get there well before 3.30pm, to avoid long queues. The centre closes promptly at 4pm and gates will close to new visitors at 3.50pm and earlier in very busy times.

The centre is monitored by on-site security, ANPR and CCTV cameras.

Getting there

The 382 bus stops on Summers Lane and the 134 and 221 buses stop nearby on Woodhouse Road. 

What do we collect at the centre?

We collect over 40 different materials for recycling at the centre. Find out what we recycle.

Is trade waste accepted?

We do not accept trade waste at the centre. If we suspect that you are bringing trade waste to the centre, we will investigate you and you may be liable for prosecution.

Coming by van, pick-up truck or in a vehicle with a trailer

Residents coming in these vehicles must make an appointment to visit the site at least 24 hours in advance, by calling 020 8362 0752. You will need to bring one form of identification, such as a council tax or utility bill, bank statement or rent agreement, with you on the day as proof that you live in the borough.

How do I use the centre?

There are different bays and banks for all the materials we collect. These are clearly labelled but ask any of our friendly staff to show you which containers to use. Remember, any materials you put into the 'General Waste' container will not be recycled.

Can I take items from the centre?

All items deposited at the recycling centre are the property of Barnet Council and must not be removed.

Does the centre accept asbestos?

We don't accept cement-bonded asbestos. If you have asbestos for removal, call the City of London  Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal Service using the details to the right to arrange for a collection.

Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre

Summers Lane, North Finchley, London N12 0RF

Tel: 020 8362 0752

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