Globally, people are now more aware of the benefits of recycling and re-using than ever before.

Firstly, recycling has a positive impact on the environment. Also, the growing culture of re-using items is tackling the ‘fast fashion’ culture that has been dominant recently.

23-29 September is National Recyling Week, so keep checking our website and Facebook page for plenty of reminders of how important recycling is. In the meantime, please follow these tips on how you can recycle items if you live in a block of flats.

If you live in a flat with a communal block…you can recycle many items, listed below, using the communal recycling bins which should be located just outside your block.

  • Mixed paper
  • Cardboard
  • Household plastic packaging
  • Food tins and drink cans
  • Aerosols
  • Cartons
  • Foil
  • Mixed Glass – bottles and jars

Unfortunately, items like nappies, food waste, electrical items and clothing cannot be placed in the recycling bins. For disposable nappies, please wrap them up and place them in the refuge bin. If you use biodegradable/cloth nappies – the company you purchased them from should be able to advise on their nappy collection service.

Some electrical items can be recycled via Barnet’s bulky waste collection.  There is more detail on that service here:

Clothing and textiles can be recycled at Barnet’s main recycling and reuse centre in Summer’s Lane, Finchley.

Plastic wrapping of film cannot be recycled, so please dispose of them on the refuge bin.

For more detail on recycling in Barnet, please visit the Council’s website:

To find out how about how your household can benefit from recycling – Recycle Now’s website has a lot of information and ideas!