There will be changes to recycling and waste bin collections during the festive period. Collection days may either take place before or after residents’ normal collection days to work around the Christmas and New Year bank holidays. Scheduled blue recycling and black refuse bin collections will resume on residents’ usual collection days from the week commencing 7 January 2019.

Green garden waste collections have been paused for the period from 16 December 2018 to 27 January 2019 due to the reduced use of the service during winter. Scheduled green garden waste collections will resume on residents’ usual collection day from the week commencing 28 January 2019.

Residents can either refer to their collection day leaflet, delivered in October, with its six-month collection calendar for their collection day changes over the festive period, or visit:

The council recently implemented a complete reorganisation of its bin collections service, which had led to delays in some areas. Residents are reminded to leave their bins at the boundary of their property should there be any delays in their rubbish being taken away.

Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “I would like to thank our residents for bearing with us this year as we introduced new collection rounds. Our bin crews have been working long hours, and during weekends, to keep the borough’s collections on track.

“There will always be some hiccups during a widespread reorganisation of this nature. There have been some serious difficulties that are at last now beginning to settle. There is still work that needs to be done, but our bin collections will return to their usual first-class level. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please continue to bear with us as we implement these long-term improvements to the efficiency of Barnet’s bin collections.”

Residents can dispose of their real Christmas trees by leaving them out by their bin on their collection day between 6 January and 3 February 2019. Unwanted household items can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane, N12 0RF which is open from 8.45am to 4.15pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day.

Residents can put out flattened cardboard for collection if it is put out neatly alongside their blue bin and is no larger than one metre squared.

More information about what can be recycled can be found at:

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