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Rubbish and recycling collections

We collect your rubbish, recycling, and garden and food waste between 6:30am and 4pm on your collection day. Your bin or sack must be placed in the front of your property boundary by 6:30am or it may not be collected. Any items which didn't fit in your bin will not be collected.

Find your collection day

If you don't have space on your property, place your bin on the pavement as close as possible to your home on collection day only.

Having the property name or number on your bin will help us return it to you.

We begin collections at 6am on some red routes, shopping and time-banded areas. We will notify you if this is the case.

We are trialling a system of time-banded collections in the town centre. If you live in this area, you will only be able to place your rubbish and recycling on these roads and pavements at specific times for collection.

If you miss the time-band to put out your bins, you must wait until the next collection.

Residents who don't follow the time-band restrictions will first receive a warning letter. If they don't correct the problem, they will receive a formal notice. If the property still puts out their rubbish incorrectly, they can receive an £60 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Assisted collections

We offer assisted collections to elderly or disabled residents who can't move their bins.

After your application, a council officer will visit you to determine a pick up location. Bins will be collected and returned to this pre-agreed site.

You can only request an assisted collection if:

  • there's no one else living with you who could put the bins out
  • you don't have a carer who could put the bins out
  • you live in a house

Request an assisted collection

Bank holidays

We collect your rubbish as normal on bank holidays with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Missed collections

You can report a missed collection if your rubbish, recycling, and garden and food waste hasn't been picked up by 4pm on your collection day. Bins are picked up at different times by different vehicles throughout the day. Allow all vehicles to complete collections by late afternoon before reporting a missed collection.

We will not collect your bin or sack if:

  • it contains the wrong items (there will be a sticker to show this)
  • it is not put out for collection by 6:30am
  • it is put out in an area that is difficult to get to
  • it is too heavy (there will be a hanger to show this)

We will not collect items placed by the side of your bin or an overflowing bin or sack.

You must report a missed collection within 24 hours of your collection day so we can investigate. If your bins were put out correctly, we will revisit your address before the next collection day. Reports made after this time may not be investigated.

Report a missed collection

Most residents have a set of three bins:

  • a 140 litre rubbish bin
  • a 240 litre recycling bin
  • a 240 litre garden and food waste bin

If you live on a property with limited front space, you may have:

  • a 140 litre rubbish bin
  • a 240 litre recycling bin

If you live in a flat or estate, you may have shared rubbish and recycling bins or sacks.

Properties with no front space are given grey rubbish and blue recycling sacks.

You can learn more about what goes in your bin or sack.

Request a bin or sacks

You can request a new bin for a charge of £56.20. If you get sacks, these are delivered twice a year.

This includes when you have just moved house and there is no bin. Speak to your landlord if you are renting.

If you have a bin that has been damaged, lost or stolen, you can only request a new bin for a charge of £56.20. We will not collect any rubbish or recycling that is placed out for collection on the street or next to your bin.

It is your responsibility to prevent your bins from being stolen. You can do this by:

  • labelling your bin
  • not putting your bin out the night before
  • having your bin brought in as soon as possible after collection (your neighbour may be able to help)

If you don't want to pay for a new bin, you can take your rubbish and recycling to one of our recycling centres. We only collect rubbish or recycling from bins purchased from us. All bin charges are fixed.

We do however offer a reduced price of £27.90 for each additional bin (maximum of two) purchased at the same time. For example, if you purchase a rubbish bin at £56.20 and an additional recycling bin, this will be charged at £27.90.

We will deliver your bins within ten working days after we receive your payment. While you are waiting for your bin, store your rubbish and recycling or take it to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre. You must contact us if you find your missing bin (within three working days), or you may be charged a cancellation fee of £16.90.

If we deliver your new or replacement bins and see that you have a full set of bins, you will not receive a bin or refund. Only one 140 litre rubbish bin (grey lidded bin) is allowed per household.

In line with our planned rubbish and recycling collection changes in Spring 2020, you will be able to upgrade your recycling bin to a 240 litre blue lidded bin free of charge. For the latest information on your new service, visit upcoming changes to collections.

Request a new or replacement bin or sacks

Additional 240 litre green lidded bin hire

You can request an additional 240 litre green lidded bin for an annual charge of £37.20 (this includes the additional bin and fortnightly collection service). This service is valid from April to March and needs to be renewed at the end of each financial year. No discounts are made for late renewals. We will review and publish the price annually and notify existing customers.

We will deliver your bins within ten working days after we receive your payment. While you are waiting for your bin, store your rubbish and recycling or take it to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre. You must contact us if you wish to cancel (within three working days), or you may be charged a cancellation fee of £16.90. 

Request or renew additional 240 litre green lidded garden food waste bin

Apply for a larger bin

You can apply for a larger rubbish bin if there are five or more permanent residents in your house, at least two children in nappies or you produce large amounts of medical or incontinence waste. If you qualify you will receive a 240 litre rubbish bin.

Complete the form above and post to:

Waste Services
Civic Centre
Silver Street

You can't apply for a 240 litre rubbish bin online.

Most flats above shops and some blocks of flats don't have an appropriate space for recycling bins. In these instances, an alternative service is provided through regular collections of blue recycling sacks.

Blue recycling sacks are provided to residents for free and a wide range of materials can be put into them for recycling. These will be picked up at the same times and locations as existing grey rubbish sacks.

Your grey rubbish sacks are delivered twice a year (spring and autumn). If you’ve requested blue recycling sacks, these will be delivered at the same time as your grey rubbish sacks.

To find out what can go in your blue recycling sacks, visit what goes in your bins.

For information on communal rubbish and recycling bins (shared bins), visit landlords, letting agents and tenants.

Your rubbish and recycling collection services are changing to introduce:

  • free, weekly food recycling from November 2019
  • an optional paid for garden waste service from November 2019
  • an alternate weekly collection service of rubbish (grey lidded bin) and recycling (blue lidded bin) from Spring 2020

These changes affect kerbside properties that already have bins. Flats or properties with sacks will not be affected.

These services are changing because in 2019/20 we must make savings of £18 million and a further £12 million the following year. This means that along with other local authorities, we are having to make difficult decisions about the future of many council services.

The changes aim to increase recycling and reduce rubbish, making a significant, positive impact on the environment. See more information about how to reduce your rubbish and recycling.

Optional paid for garden waste service – Autumn 2019

The new paid for garden waste collection service is due to begin in November 2019 and will replace your current food and garden waste service.

This service will be a fortnightly collection of household garden waste in your existing green lidded bin. If you currently have a smaller green lidded bin, this can be exchanged for a larger one free of charge at the start of the new service.

The annual cost for this service is £65 and will run between 1 April and 31 March. If you sign up by November 2019, you will receive five months free.

Food recycling – Autumn 2019

The new weekly food recycling service will divert leftover food from your rubbish bin, making space for non-recyclable rubbish.

In early Autumn every household affected by the change will receive a leaflet explaining the changes. Food recycling will be collected in a caddy. You will receive one smaller kitchen caddy with 100% compostable liners and a larger outdoor caddy. These will be delivered to you in late Autumn, with details on how to use the service.

Fortnightly collections – Spring 2020

In Spring 2020, your rubbish (grey lidded bin) and recycling (blue lidded bin) collections will change to fortnightly collections instead of weekly.

Smaller 140 litre recycling bins (blue lidded bin) will be upgraded to larger 240 litre recycling bins for free during the service change. There is no need to change your arrangements prior to the service change, we will inform you when this offer is available.

The 140 litre rubbish bins (grey lidded bin) are standard. Larger 240 litre rubbish bins will be made available to residents who meet the following criteria:

  • Two or more children in nappies
  • Family of five or more
  • Medical or incontinence waste

An assessment will be required to obtain a larger bin. There is no need to change your arrangements prior to the service change in Spring 2020. We will inform you when this offer is available.

This webpage will be updated on a regular basis. You can also keep up to date by signing up for our recycling newsletter.

Our Recycling team will be out and about in Enfield offering rubbish and recycling support and advice. You can visit them at the locations below:

August 2019

  • Sainsburys, Florey Square - 12 August from 11am to 2pm
  • Dugdale Centre - 19 August from 10am to 2pm
  • New Southgate Millennium Green - 24 August from 11am to 5pm
  • Albany Park - 28 August

September 2019

  • Palmers Green Festival – 1 September
  • Sainsburys, Southbury – 6 September from 10:30am to 1pm
  • Morrisons, Palmers Green - 13 September from 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Edmonton Green Shopping Centre – 17 September from 11am to 3pm
  • Dugdale Centre – 23 September from 10am to 2pm
  • Sainsburys, Florey Square – 24 September from 11am to 2pm
  • Asda, Southgate – 25 September from 11am to 3pm

October 2019

  • Morrisons, Palmers Green - 9 October from 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Sainsburys, Southbury – 16 October from 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Sainsburys, Florey Square – 18 October from 11am to 2pm
  • Asda, Southgate – 25 October from 11am to 3pm

The team will also be visiting local libraries, so keep an eye on library notice boards for more information.