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Places you can recycle

Apart from recycling at home, you can also take your recycling to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre. If you are a commercial vehicle, you will need to apply for a permit to access this centre.

Most libraries collect household batteries for recycling.

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Barrowell Green Recycling Centre is operating on an appointment-only basis. This is to ensure social distancing and safety to all visitors.

Appointments are available:

  • Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (April to September)
  • Monday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm (October to March)

You can deposit the following for recycling and disposal:

  • Aerosols
  • Bicycles
  • Cans
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Cooking and engine oil (up to 10 litres per month)
  • Electrical goods
  • Food and drinks cartons (must be clean)
  • Fridges and freezers (we don’t accept larger American style ones)
  • Furniture
  • Household and car batteries
  • Household DIY rubbish (up to six builder’s-type sacks per household per month)
  • Garden waste
  • Gas cookers
  • Glass bottles only
  • Gypsum (place in plasterboard container)
  • Lighting tubes and energy saving lightbulbs
  • Plastic
  • Plasterboard
  • Rubble and hardcore (up to six builder’s-type sacks per household per month)
  • Scrap metal
  • Wood (if DIY rubbish, up to six builder’s-type sacks per household per month)

Items we don’t accept:

  • Asbestos
  • Corrosive products
  • Gas bottles
  • Hazardous waste
  • Plaster
  • Plasterboard with attached materials
  • Tyres
  • Wet plasterboard

There may be times when we are temporarily unable to accept some items for recycling. If this is the case you can still dispose of them at site, or you can arrange another means of recycling them. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Conditions of use for visiting the recycling centre

To comply with government guidance on COVID-19:

  • You must have a valid booking
  • Vans, trailers and pick-up trucks must show a valid permit on entry as well as having a valid booking 
  • Always maintain a safe distance from other people
  • Site staff won't be available to help with unloading
  • Only the above materials will be accepted, and this is subject to change

If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating, don't enter the centre.

The centre is monitored by Automatic Number Plate Recognition, and CCTV cameras are in operation 24 hours a day.

You will need to apply for a free permit to use a commercial vehicle before visiting Barrowell Green Recycling Centre. You will not be able to apply for permits on site. You must book an appointment slot to visit the centre along with your vehicle permit. You will need to show your permit and may be asked for photographic proof of identity on arrival at the site. Vehicle permits don't guarantee access to dispose of your rubbish and recycling, as normal site controls still apply.

Vehicles that will need a permit include:

  • vans
  • pick-up trucks
  • taxis and minibuses (unlicensed) with more than seven seats
  • trailers
  • ambulances (unless in an emergency)

You will need to include the vehicle registration number, and the vehicle make, model and colour in your application. Or, if you will be hiring a vehicle, you will need to state this in the application.

If you are towing a trailer, you will also need to include:

  • length of the trailer (in metres)
  • make, model and colour of the vehicle the trailer is attached to
  • make, model and colour of the trailer
  • number of axles of the trailer
  • vehicle registration of the trailer

If your application is successful, you will get six permits per year for either the specified vehicle or for any hired vehicle. If you are using a hired vehicle, you will need to bring the hire documents as well as your permit to the centre.

Permits are sent by post and should arrive within ten working days. Permits applied for since March 2020, will be processed and dispatched by 1 October 2020.

If you have been unable to visit the centre and have any outstanding permits, these will be accepted.

New expiry dates for existing permits
Original expiry date New expiry date
April 2020
November 2020
May 2020
December 2020
June 2020
January 2021
July 2020
February 2021
August 2020
March 2021

Apply for a free vehicle permit to access Barrowell Green

You must let us know if you change address or vehicle, or your permits will be revoked. If you have lost or damaged your permit, we will replace it at our discretion. For more information, see our terms and conditions (PDF).

Revive re-use shop logo

Due to the coronavirus situation, the Revive reuse shop will not be open to the public for the foreseeable future.

To encourage reuse and recycling, we have opened the Revive reuse shop at Barrowell Green Recycling Centre. The shop sells donated items including:

  • antiques
  • artwork
  • bikes and bike parts
  • books, CDs and DVDs
  • clothing
  • furniture
  • garden items
  • ornaments, trinkets and glassware
  • toys and games

Reuse and recycling helps protect the environment by reducing the need to extract, refine and process raw materials, which creates a lot of air and water pollution. It also saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, to help tackle climate change.

Profit will be used to support local projects and charities, such as the Mayor's Fund, and may also be used to reinvest in the site to help increase usage and profit of the facility. This will be determined at the end of the financial year (2019/20) once the full year position of the reuse shop is confirmed.

Our opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30am to 4pm.

You can visit the shop at:

Barrowell Recycling Centre
Barrowell Green
N21 3AU