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Items you can recycle at the Reuse and Recycling Centre

  • Rubbish, waste and recycling
New! The Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre times have now changed to:  Monday - Sunday, 8.45am - 4.15pm


At the Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre you can recycle the following materials:

  • appliances - including dishwashers, washing machines and fridges
  • batteries (car and household) - complete, undamaged batteries
  • bicycles
  • books
  • bric-a-brac - (such as vases, paintings and ornaments, etc) items need to be in good condition as these are collected for re-use
  • cans - please rinse
  • cardboard - please remove any plastic or polystyrene packaging
  • cartons - paper based drink and liquid food cartons, such as those made by Tetra Pak
  • CDs, DVDs and vinyl records - these need to be in good condition as they are collected for reuse
  • chipboard - including furniture which is made from chipboard
  • clothes - please place in a carrier bag to protect
  • computer discs
  • cooking oil - please bring oil to the site in a sealed container and empty into the appropriate container
  • domestic appliances - such as cookers and washing machines
  • electrical items - such as vacuum cleaners, irons, videos, televisions, stereo equipment, hairdryers, toasters and blenders. Please ensure that the items are removed from packaging
  • engine oil - Please take oil to the site in a sealed container and empty into the appropriate containers
  • fluorescent tubes - please remove tubes from any light fittings
  • foil - including food trays, take away containers and milk bottle tops. Please make sure that all foil has been washed clean
  • fridges and freezers - please ensure that all contents are removed from your fridge/freezer
  • furniture (domestic) - please note that if you are unable to deliver your furniture to the site, then there are a number of furniture reuse schemes which operate within the Borough of Barnet who can collect furniture which is in good condition from households. For more information, please see our Furniture Re-use page
  • gas bottles - undamaged only
  • glass bottles and jars - please rinse
  • glasses - reading/vision glasses, not drinking glasses. No cases
  • green garden waste such as leaves, grass cuttings, hedge clippings. Please remove your green garden waste from plastic bags
  • light bulbs - energy efficient only
  • MDF - includes MDF furniture
  • mobile phones - remove sim cards
  • paint - we accept emulsion, gloss, eggshell, undercoats, primer, masonry paint and exterior paints. We do not accept solidified paint, paint over 10 years old, paint that is not in its original container, car paint, wood preservatives, aerosol/spray paints, varnishes and wood stain, paint stripper, thinners and cleaners, specialist and industrial paints
  • paper
  • plasterboard
  • plastic bottles
  • records
  • rubble/hardcore - only six standard rubble bags or equivalent, no more than once per month per household will be accepted from work that you have done yourself. The site is not licensed to accept commercial waste. If you wish to take a van to the site you will need to make an appointment. We do not accept asbestos, buckets or other building materials
  • scrap metal - no pressurised containers
  • shoes - please tie pairs together
  • small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) - such as hairdryers, toasters and blenders. Please ensure that the items are removed from packaging
  • soil - only six standard rubble bags or equivalent, no more than once per month per household will be accepted.
  • sports equipment in working order and safe for reuse
  • television and computer monitors
  • textiles such as clothes, blankets and materials. Dry materials and clothes only
  • toner cartridges
  • tools - non electrical, in working order and safe for reuse
  • tyres - can only be accepted if separated from the metal wheel and rim
  • white goods such as dishwashers and washing machines. Please ensure that the items are removed from packaging
  • wood/timber - please remove all brackets and fittings
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Contacts

  • Reuse and Recycling Centre
  • Summers Lane, North Finchley, London N12 0RF
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  • Tel: 020 8362 0752

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