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Upcoming changes to bin collections

We are making changes to your rubbish and recycling collection services 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.

In September residents will receive an information pack, including a letter and leaflet (PDF) on how the changes will affect them.

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.

Paid for garden waste collection 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.

Residents who don’t subscribe to the paid for garden waste service

You can keep your green lidded bin, even if you don’t subscribe to the service, and put it to another use. There will be a 'Leave Me’ sticker in the information pack you receive, which you will need to stick on the lid of your garden waste bin if you decide to keep it.

You will also receive a bin hanger which will tell you the last collection day of your food and garden waste bin. We will not collect this bin after your last day of collection in October. You will need to subscribe to the new service if you want your collections to continue.

If you don’t subscribe to the garden waste service and don’t put the ‘Leave Me’ sticker on the lid, we will take the bin away. The date for the removal of your bin will be on the bin hanger.

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.

The new optional paid for garden waste service is a fortnightly collection of a small 140 litre or larger 240 litre green lidded garden waste bin. This replaces your existing mixed food and garden waste service.

The annual charge for the garden waste collection service is £65 per bin and runs from April to March. However, for this first year if you subscribe before November 2019 you will receive five months free, so the subscription will run to March 2021.

You can subscribe for more than one bin or upgrade to a larger bin if needed when you pay. If you already subscribe, you can also add additional bins to your subscription.

You will receive a permit along with information on the service once you subscribe (within ten working days). Stick the permit on your existing garden waste bin, following the instructions included about where to place it. The permit will also have your address pre-printed on it to identify it as your bin. You are expected to continue using your existing green bin for garden waste as this is better for the environment than issuing new bins.

If you requested a larger, smaller or additional bin when you subscribed, this will be arranged by Monday 4 November, the start of the new service.

View the full terms and conditions of the service (pdf).

Subscribed customers

If you subscribe to the garden waste service, you can:

  • cancel your subscription
  • reduce the number of bins collected
  • tell us if you're moving out of Enfield
  • tell us if you're moving within Enfield
  • request a replacement permit

Collection days

Once you subscribe to the service your garden waste will be collected fortnightly. Allow ten working days for us to process the information and add your address to our collection list. Your collection week may have changed, so you should check back in early November to confirm.

What can go in your garden waste bin

  • Flowers and plants
  • Garden weeds
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Small twigs and branches

What can't go in your garden waste bin

  • Food waste
  • General household waste
  • Stones and plant pots
  • Plastic bags or containers
  • Soil
  • Logs (greater than 10cm in diameter)
  • Japanese knotweed (visit GOV.UK for guidance to dispose of Japanese knotweed and prevent it from spreading)
  • Shredded paper
  • Manufactured wood (treated or untreated)
  • Dog waste and pet litter

Missed collections

We collect your garden waste between 6:30am and 4pm on your collection day. Your bin must be placed in the front of your property boundary by 6:30am or it may not be collected. Missed collections must be reported within 24 hours of collection day. Reports made after this time may not be investigated

Our collection vehicles are fitted with electronic systems to record each time we collect bins. If bins are not out for collection at the required time the system will record this information.

All properties that have kerbside wheeled bins will receive a free weekly food recycling service from 4 November 2019. All food waste should be recycled using this service. This replaces the mixed garden and food waste collection service.

Your food recycling will be collected each week on your normal collection day.

By recycling food waste you will be creating compost for agriculture, which is good for Enfield and the planet.

To use your smaller silver indoor kitchen caddy, line the caddy with a 100% compostable liner or use newspaper or a compostable paper bag. You must not use plastic bags. All food waste, leftovers and kitchen scraps can be placed into the kitchen caddy.

The kitchen caddy can be stored on a work surface or in a cupboard. The lid closes securely to stop smells. Once full, place the filled compostable liner into the larger brown outdoor caddy. The lids on brown caddies are lockable, to prevent spillages and keep out wildlife.

On collection day, place the brown outdoor caddy out for collection. This must be placed in the front of your property boundary by 6:30am or it may not be collected. Make sure the lid is closed and secure, using the handle.

The smaller silver kitchen caddy is for indoor use only and should not be placed out for collection.

What can go in your food recycling caddy

  • Fish and meat bones
  • 100% compostable liners (with the seedling logo)
  • Cooked and uncooked food (including meat)
  • Egg shells
  • General food waste
  • Coffee grounds

What can’t go in your food recycling caddy

  • Plastic bags or liners
  • General rubbish (e.g. packaging)
  • Garden waste (including leaves, house plants and soil)
  • Pet food or pet waste
  • Liquids (e.g. oil, milk)

Stopping smells

To help with any smells, use hot water or a fragranced cleaning product to regularly rinse your caddies and deter flies. Your smaller silver kitchen caddy is dishwasher safe.

You should also:

  • put food waste in a 100% compostable liner, compostable paper bag or wrap tightly in newspaper
  • squeeze the air out of compostable bags that contain food before they are tied and put in the outdoor caddy
  • keep caddy lids closed and secure using the handle
  • keep the caddy out of direct sunlight in hot weather to avoid heating the waste
  • not leave food waste lying around the home before putting it in the caddy

By following the advice above, you should reduce the chance of finding flies and maggots in your caddies.

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:

September 2019

  • Sainsburys, Southbury – 6 September from 10:30am to 1pm
  • Hilly Fields Bandstand - 8 September from 3pm to 5:30pm
  • Sainsburys, Winchmore Hill - 9 September 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Morrisons, Palmers Green - 13 September from 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Edmonton Green Shopping Centre – 17 September from 11am to 3pm
  • Enfield Town Market - 20 September from 10am to 2pm
  • Meyers Green Park - 21 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
  • Sainsburys, Winchmore Hill – 23 October from 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • 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.