We will not collect your recycling bin or sack if it contains the wrong items because they may make the other items unsuitable for recycling. All recycling must be clean and dry.
If you are not in estate housing, our crew will place a sticker on your bin or sack to notify you if there are any incorrect items. You should remove the incorrect items and we will collect your recycling on the next collection date.
All the items we collect for recycling are sent to a sorting facility in Edmonton and then on for specialist re-processing to be turned into new products. For more information on how items are recycled and composted, visit Recycle Now.
Shoes, textiles and electrical items can't be placed in your blue lidded recycling bin. These can be taken to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre.
We have teamed up with TRAID, Clearabee and Barnet Furniture Centre, so that residents can contact them for free doorstep collections of textiles, shoes, furniture and some electrical items.
Sometimes recycling collected by us is refused at the sorting plant due to the wrong items being put in blue lidded recycling bins. Dirty items also results in nearly a thousand tonnes of recycling being thrown away each year.
If you have unwanted clothes or shoes, giving them to a charity shop is an excellent way of reusing items rather than throwing them away. Wearable clothes and shoes donated to charity shops are sold to raise money for good causes or sent overseas to those in need.
Items can also be placed in any of the 30 recycling banks located throughout Enfield, or taken to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre in Winchmore Hill for reuse or recycling.
As well as recycling unwanted clothing, you can reuse and recycle other textiles such as:
We do not accept dirty items or any of the below items if they are placed in your blue lidded recycling bin:
For tips on how to recycle right, see our recycling leaflet (PDF).
If you contaminate your bin once:
If you contaminate your bin again within a 12-month period, the above actions will be taken once more. We may also decide to serve a Notice of Intent to issue a £60 Fixed Penalty Notice on the occupier. You will still be given a sticker on your bin and will need to remove the incorrect items before your next collection day.
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:
By following the advice above, you should reduce the chance of finding flies and maggots in your caddies.
You can reduce the food waste you produce and save money by following some simple tips:
You can view more information about how to prevent waste.
For a printable version of this list, see our food waste leaflet (PDF).
We will not collect your shared food waste bin if it contains the wrong items because they may make the other items unsuitable for recycling.
Garden and food waste is taken to a composting facility and turned into fertiliser.
For more information on how items are recycled and composted, visit Recycle Now.
You can throw away rubbish in a:
For a printable version of this list, see our grey lidded refuse bin leaflet (PDF).
You may need to use a black rubbish sack if your flat or estate does not have a shared rubbish bin and you are not given grey rubbish sacks.
You don't need to remove incorrect items from shared bins.
Here are ways you can reduce the waste in your rubbish bin or sacks:
All garden waste must be placed loose in the bin.
For a printable version of this list, see our paid for garden waste bin leaflet (PDF).
For a list of what can be recycled in each room of you home, view Recycling by room.