Materials signs from RRC

Barnet – Summers Lane

020 8362 0752

Summers Lane
North Finchley
N12 0RF
United Kingdom

Having had to close unexpectedly from 1 - 4 February, Summers Lane RRC will open again as normal from Friday 5 February.

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


Summers Lane RRC is an NLWA managed site. For telephone enquiries about booking a visit to Summers Lane RRC, call the site number, 020 8362 0752.

51.606697, -0.1618414

Important notice

Restrictions are in place at all reuse and recycling centres to ensure social distancing guidelines can be adhered to and to make sure that residents are able to dispose of their waste safely. Visit our COVID-19 information page for more information.

Restrictions on hardcore and rubble

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

To book a visit for a car, bike or pedestrian, you need to book a time slot to visit an RRC. You can book a slot for a minimum of 24 hours in advance (i.e. the next day), and up to two weeks ahead. Read more about visiting an RRC by car, bike or foot on our Making a Car, Bike or Pedestrian Booking page.

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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

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 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 Second Time Around 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. However, owing to the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission we are currently unable to allow residents to take away paint for reuse. 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.