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Rubbish collection and recycling

Getting rid of rubbish

Your rubbish and recycling is collected every week by Veolia Environmental Services. Please recycle as much as you can by putting recyclable materials into the recycling containers outside your block.

Find out what day your rubbish is collected 

Recycling and Rubbish – guidance

Dry waste: glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs, trays, bags and bottles and containers, paper, aluminium cans and cardboard can be recycled. 

Please rinse all empty food cans and containers. Don’t put these items in plastic bin bags. If you do they won’t be recycled and the presence of black bags or non-recyclable waste in a recycling bin will contaminate the bin and prevent the rest of the contents from being recycled.

Food waste: Recycle as much food waste as possible using the special compostable food caddy liners putting them in the food waste recycling containers outside the block. More liners can be obtained free of charge from your local library or a customer service centre by showing proof of your address. No other type of bag can be used for this type of recycling or the bin will be contaminated and prevent the rest of the contents from being recycled.

Small electrical items: that are in good condition can be sold or donated for reuse or to charity. If the item is not reusable, it can be taken to one of north London's reuse and recycling centres (RRC), or if it is smaller than 520mm x 510mm you can place it in one of the small Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) banks around north London. For more information visit the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) website.

Non-recyclable rubbish

  • Only non-recyclable household waste should be put in black refuse bags and placed inside the large rubbish bins outside your block. Small bags can be put down the refuse chutes. All refuse bags must be untorn and properly tied up.

  • You can put items of kitchenware, crockery excluding small electrical appliances (irons, kettles etc.) in black plastic bags for general waste collection. 

  • You must not leave general refuse bags anywhere except in the refuse bins or we will take action against you.

Bulky items

Most large bulky items can be disposed of at no charge. There are collection sheds and collection points for some estates and blocks, and the items are collected by Veolia. There is no limit on the number of items you can leave at the collection points - as long as they are on the agree list below and the store has capacity. 

Find out if there is a bulky waste shed or collection point where you live.

Collection points are kept locked for security. If you would like to leave items at the collection points or need assistance carrying the items, please contact your local Estate Services team between 8.15am and 3.30pm for them to unlock the collection points. Contact the Estate Services team through our Customer Services at 020 8489 5611.

Please do not leave bulky waste by the refuse bins. If there is no bulky waste collection service where you live, you can call Veolia on 020 8885 7700 to arrange to have your bulky waste collected. There is a £20 fee for the removal of up to four bulky items. Extra items cost £10 each. (The total number of items they can collect is 10.) More information is available on the council's bulky waste page. If you put out a large bulky item without our agreement then we will take action against you.

Typical bulky items which Veolia will collect are:

Furniture/General Items

White Goods/WEEE

  • Bathroom storage
  • BBQs
  • Beds, bed frames, cots and headboards
  • Bedside cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • Cabinets and shoe cabinets
  • Carpets and rugs (must be contained within a tied bag - max 80 litres)
  • Chairs and armchairs
  • Chest of drawers
  • Clothes rails
  • Coffee tables
  • Doors (no fire doors or metal doors)
  • Dressing tables
  • Garden tables and other garden furniture
  • Home office desk
  • Kids toys
  • Mattresses
  • Mirrors
  • Shelves
  • Sideboards
  • Sofas and sofa beds (please dismantle sofa beds)
  • Storage furniture
  • Suitcases
  • Tables
  • Trampolines (dismantled)
  • Table Tennis table (dismantled)
  • TV stands and media units
  • Wardrobes (dismantled)
  • Up to five tied bin bags
  • Computers/PCs and hard drives
  • Computer monitors
  • Cookers and cooking hobs
  • Dishwashers
  • Electronic musical instruments
  • Freezers
  • Fridges
  • Fridge/Freezers
  • Hi-Fis/stereo systems
  • Lawnmowers
  • Laptop computers
  • Microwaves
  • Ovens
  • Tumble driers
  • TVs
  • Washing machines/dryers

Recycling bulky items

You can recycle some large items like tables and bookcases for free through organisations like Barnet Furniture Centre and Freecycle.

Specialist items

The following items will not be collected from a bulk collection store or collection point, and residents should not leave the following items at a bulk store or on their estate:

  • Asbestos
  • Bricks and masonry
  • Building waste 
  • Car tyres, parts or batteries
  • Cement    
  • Chemicals   
  • Garden sheds and trellis
  • Gas bottles and cylinders
  • Loose large carpets and tracking that are not contained within a tied bag
  • Oil
  • Paint 
  • Pianos
  • Plasterboard
  • Refuse
  • Rubble and soil
  • Scrap metal
  • Tiles
  • Tree trunks and thick branches
  • Waste from house renovations, e.g. bathroom fittings, kitchen fittings/worktops, kitchen units, fireplace surrounds


These items need to be taken to your nearest recycling centre.

Recycling centres (North London Waste Authority)

There are a number of other recycling centres that you can use for free in North London. Please see the NLWA Website for more information on recycling in North London.

Nearby recycling centres:

  • Western Road, Wood Green N22 6UG
  • Summers Lane, North Finchley, London N12 0RF
  • Regis Road, Kentish Town NW5 3EW
  • 40 Hornsey Street, Islington N7 8HU
  • South Access Road, Walthamstow E17 8AX

Asbestos, solvents and pesticides – the recycling centres cannot accept this type of waste. To arrange for a collection of these items please see the Corporation of London’s website ( or phone them on 020 7606 3030.


Page Last Updated:

15 October 2021