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What happens to your recycling

  • Rubbish, waste and recycling

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. 

They are then transported to different reprocessors both in the UK and abroad to be made into new materials such as newspapers, plastic packaging and cans.

What happens to food and 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 agriculture.

You can watch these videos to find out what happens to your food waste and garden waste.

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.


  • Street based services
  • Oakleigh Depot
    Oakleigh Road South
    London, N11 1HJ
  • Tel: 020 8359 4600
  • Opening hours
  • Mon - Thurs 9.00am to 5.15pm; Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm

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