London Borough of Barnet

New recycling service

Your recycling service has changed; we've made it easier for you to recycle more.

Bin Collection Day

If you live in a house, a converted house or a small block of up to 5 purpose built flats please select your postcode to find your waste and recycling days.

What's changed?

We've made it easier for you to recycle more by collecting all your recycling together. This means you no longer have to sort your recycling between your black and blue boxes if you live in a house, or between your different bins if you live in a larger block of flats. You can also recycle more as we can now collect household plastic packaging. Household plastic packaging includes yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays.

Visit the Houses and small flats page or larger flats page for more information on the service depending on the type of property you live in.

We've also started a new food waste service so you can recycle your food waste, which reduces the amount of refuse Barnet has to dispose of. Putting food waste in your refuse bin increases waste disposal costs and has a negative effect on the environment.

As part of the changes we have:

  • introduced a new fleet of collection vehicles which enable us to collect your waste as efficiently as possible
  • moved to a mixed recycling collection which has made it easier for all residents to recycle more
  • expanded the range of materials collected for recycling to include household plastic packaging
  • increased the amount of waste recycled rather than disposed of

Residents’ participation in the new service is really making a difference. In the first six months since service changes were introduced there has been a 37% increase in the tonnage of waste recycled, and over 3500 tonnes of food waste has been recycled compared with just an estimated 200 tonnes per year with the previous service.

Why have we changed the service?

We've listened to your feedback and know that Barnet residents want it to be easier to recycle more.

  • Previously you told us that sorting your recycling can be difficult and confusing, and takes time. By collecting all your recycling together, it’s now easier and quicker to take part in the recycling service

  • You also told us you wanted it to be easier to recycle more types of materials such as plastic packaging. We can now collect household plastic packaging including yogurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays. This means more of what went in your refuse bin can now be recycled instead!

  • More than 30% of the content in household bins is food waste. Disposing of food waste in your refuse bin is costly and damaging to the environment as it produces harmful gases which contribute to climate change. By collecting food waste separately we can reduce refuse disposal costs and minimise our impact on the environment

  • Barnet residents previously recycled, composted, and reused 33% of their household waste. More than 70% of household waste can be recycled, composted or reused. This means we can more than double what we currently recycle, compost or reuse! By making these changes we can help residents to recycle more of their waste. The national recycling target is 50% of household waste by 2020. By working with residents we can achieve this, reducing the financial pressure of managing our waste and Barnet's environmental impact.

When did the changes take place?

The new waste and recycling service started on 14 October 2013.

For further information about the recycling services in Barnet you can download more information on the right.

Customer Care Unit

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

Tel: 020 8359 4600

Fax: 0870 889 7459