What happens to your recycling?
What happens to recycling in Barnet?
The items that are collected together in your recycling bins are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where the different materials are separated both by hand and through mechanical processes. Find out what happens at the MRF.
They are then transported to different reprocessors both in the UK and aboard to be made into new materials such as newspapers, plastic packaging and cans.
What happens to food and green garden waste in Barnet?
Barnet's food waste is sent for processing in an anaerobic digestion plant. Garden waste is either processed in an in-vessel composting facility or sent for outdoor processing. The resulting compost is used in parks, in agriculture and is occasionally made available to Barnet residents for their personal use.
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) manages contracts for treatment and disposal of waste collected from households in the borough and has provided an interactive map showing where recycling, food and green garden waste goes after collection.