Materials signs from RRC

Barnet – Summers Lane

07425 714 382

Porters Lane, Summers Lane
North Finchley
N12 0AG
United Kingdom

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday  9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Please allow enough time to unload your rubbish and recycling before our site closes. If you arrive 10 minutes before closing time with lots of items to unload, you will not be allowed in.

End of COVID pre-booking system at reuse and recycling centres

From Monday 7 November, you no longer need to book in advance if you want to visit this reuse and recycling centre by car, bicycle or on foot. You can simply arrive at the site during opening hours. Read more about the decision to end the COVID pre-booking system at RRCs.

Restrictions on hardcore, rubble, soil and stones

Each North London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks to an RRC each month. This includes concrete, brick, stones, pebbles, sand and gravel. A standard rubble sack is 51cm by 76cm (20 inches by 30 inches) or equivalent.

Entry requirements

Height barrier restriction: 1.85m

Book a visit for van or trailer

For visits in a van, please make a booking at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Proof of residency, such as a utility bill is required for van bookings. Read more about visiting an RRC in van or trailer on our Making a Van or Trailer Booking page.

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Commercial/trade waste

Trade (commercial) waste is not accepted at any of our RRCs. However, we have created a list of some local facilities that do accept trade waste. Please note that this list has been provided in good faith, but should not be taken as exhaustive or as an endorsement of the companies listed.

Materials accepted

This is a list of the main items that can be taken to this site. If you have an item not listed and are unsure whether you can take it to an RRC, use our A-Z search function:

Soil and rubble policy

Each north London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of soil and six standard rubble sacks of rubble to Summers Lane RRC each month. A standard rubble sack is a 20” by 30” sack or equivalent.

**Please note that we are not currently able to recycle soil so it would need to go in our general waste container.

Any household waste that is not recyclable or suitable for reuse should be placed in the container marked 'General Waste’.

Charity Waste

Eligible charities can take up to five tonnes of non-hazardous waste/recycling each year, free of charge, to three of our Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs): Summers LaneHornsey Street or South Access (in the London boroughs of Barnet, Islington and Waltham Forest respectively). Read more on Taking Charity Waste to North London Reuse and Recycling Centres.

Materials not accepted

Hard plastics

We do not accept hard plastics for recycling at this site unless the items are in a good condition and can be reused. Any reusable hard plastic items such as toys will be put aside for collection and delivery to the Reuse Shop at the Kings Road RRC. Any hard plastic item that is not reusable should be put into the container marked for disposal.


Asbestos is not accepted at this site. Asbestos is accepted at Hornsey Street RRC in Islington. You must pre-book with the site if you are planning to drop off asbestos. Full details can be found on the Hornsey Street RRC information page. 

Alternatively, a free asbestos collection can be ordered from the City of London through their hazardous waste collection and disposal service for London residents. 

Household and garden chemicals

Household and garden chemicals are not accepted at this site. The City of London provides a free hazardous waste collection service for residents in north London. For advice on hazardous waste such as household and garden chemicals please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their hazardous waste webpage

Unwanted paint

Leftover water-based paint is accepted for reuse at Summers Lane RRC. This leftover paint is also available for residents to take away for free from these sites. Solvent-based waste paint is classed as hazardous waste so needs to be handled by a specialist contractor. To dispose of solvent-based paint, please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their hazardous waste webpage to organise a free collection from your home.

Register, Request, Reuse!

If you’re a local organisation or individual whose operations are based in Barnet, Enfield, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, or Waltham Forest, we want to hear from you.

Using the easy online form, tell us: who you are; what type of materials/items you’re seeking; the quantity; a bit more about collection logistics; and what you intend to do with the materials.

Please note: this is an interest-gathering exercise, and we cannot guarantee the supply of any items for your project. Please be as specific as you can with what you intend to do with any materials collected.


Summers Lane RRC is an NLWA managed site.