Estates 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 (external link) 

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) (external link), or if it is smaller than 520mm x 510mm you can place it in one of the small Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) banks (external link) around north London. For more information visit the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) website (external link).

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.

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Bulky items collection on housing estates

Most bulky items can be disposed of at no charge. There are collection points for some estates and blocks. Collections are made by Veolia. There is no limit to the number of items you can leave at a collection point as long as space is available. Please do not leave bulky waste by the refuse bins. 

Search for a collection point

Collection points are locked for security. If you have bulky items for collection or need help carrying them, please contact your local Estate Services team on 020 8489 5611 between 8.15am and 3.30pm for assistance. 

If there is no collection service where you live, you can call Veolia on 020 8885 7700 to arrange a collection of up to 10 items. There is a £20 fee for the removal of up to 4 items. Extra items cost £10 each. 

If you put out a bulky item without our agreement we will take action against you.

Items which can be collected

Veolia can collect the following items.

Furniture and general Items

Electric and electronic equipment

  • 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

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

Items which cannot be collected

The following items will not be collected from a bulk collection store or collection point:

  • 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.

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Page last updated:

February 23, 2023