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Barnet - Summers Lane

Barnet Summers Lane
North Finchley
London
N12 0RF
Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre is open: 
Monday to Sunday: 8.45am to 4.15pm

As of Monday 3 July our reuse and recycling centre opening hours have changed.

Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre is closed:
25 December, 26 December and 1 January

At weekends, it's best to get there well before 3.30pm, to avoid long queues. The centre closes promptly at 4.15 pm and gates will close to new visitors at 4.00pm and earlier in very busy times.
Tel: 020 8362 0752

The RRC is for the use of residents only for the disposal of household waste. Commercial, trade or industrial waste is not permitted. 

Businesses and traders have a duty of care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990, to dispose of their waste and recycling in a legal and proper manner. Businesses should contact the Environment Agency for further information.

Van policy

North London residents can take a van to Summers Lane RRC on any day of the week. Each household can take a van to an RRC up to five times a year. If you want to take a van to an RRC you must give 24 hours notice and take proof of residency and a form of identification (ID).

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access is available to the site.
  • Aerosol
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Food tins and drink cans
  • Car Battery
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cartons
  • Engine Oil
  • Fridges and Freezers
  • Furniture
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Please contact the manufacture/agent first to see if they are able to take back the item for refilling or disposal. One gas bottle up to 15kg in size, either propane or butane will be accepted per resident at the site. Other gas bottles such as SCUBA diving bottles, air cylinders or oxyacetylene are not accepted.
  • Garden Waste
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Hard Plastics
  • Large Appliances
  • Lightbulbs
  • Mobile Phones
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Plastic packaging
  • Paint
  • Paper & Card
  • Plasterboard
  • Scrap Metal
  • Small Electricals
  • Tv's & Monitors
  • Tyres
  • Wood & Timber
  • Textiles
  • Household Waste

Any household waste which is not recyclable or suitable for re-use should be placed in the container marked 'General Waste’

Soil and rubble policy
Each north London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of soil and six standard rubble sacks of rubble to Summers Lane RRC each month. A standard rubble sack is 20” by 30” sack or equivalent.
  • Asbestos
  • Household Chemicals
Asbestos and household chemicals are not accepted at this site.  Asbestos is accepted at Hornsey Street RRC in Islington. You must pre-book with the site if you are planning to drop off asbestos. Full details can be found on the Hornsey Street RRC information page. Alternatively a free asbestos collection can be ordered from the City of London - please see below for details.

The City of London provides a free hazardous waste collection service for residents in north London. For advice on hazardous waste such as household and garden chemicals please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their
household hazardous waste webpage.

Please note that Islington residents need to contact the London Borough of Islington to arrange a collection of hazardous waste from the City of London, but residents of other boroughs can contact the City directly.

Unwanted paint: To dispose of paint please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their 
household hazardous webpage to organise a collection. Alternatively, some type of paint can be brought to this site for reuse through the Community RePaint scheme. Please see our paint reuse page for further details.

Trade Waste
Trade (commercial) waste is not accepted at any of our RRCs, however there are some local facilities that do accept trade waste,
which you can find a list of here.
Please note that this list has been provided in good faith, but should not be taken as exhaustive or as an endorsement of the companies listed.    

Second Time Around 

A nifty place for bargain buys
A reuse shop is located within this site selling a range of items which could include furniture, toys, sports equipment, clothes and other household items.  The items for sale have been donated to Second Time Around for reuse by residents or collected from the other Reuse and Recycling Centres managed by North London Waste Authority in the area and would have otherwise been thrown away. The Reuse and Recycling Centres and Second Time Around are operated by LondonWaste Ltd.

Second Time Around opening times
Monday            Closed
Tuesday           9am to 4pm
Wednesday      Closed
Thursday          Closed
Friday               Closed
Saturday           Closed
Sunday             Closed

Telephone: 020 8362 0752

Donate items to the shop
If you have any items that you plan on taking to your local Reuse and Recycling Centre, consider if they could be used by another individual or whether someone else might be interested in upcycling them into new products.  If so and you visiting the Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre, take your item (s) into the shop instead of placing them in one of the recycling containers. 

Bicycle reuse scheme operating at this RRC
We currently have a bicycle reuse scheme in operation with
Recycle your Cycle.  Recycle your Cycle work with the UK prison service to provide training in the refurbishment of bicycles. Bicycles are then sold on through charity shops across the country (and also in the Reuse Shop Second Time Around). 

Please note that any bicycles set aside at the RRC's which are not suitable for reuse are recycled.

Between October 2015 - March 2016 this site achieved a recycling rate of 65%.