Summers Lane recycling and reuse centre

COVID-19 Outbreak. Recycling and Waste services are currently operating a reduced service.

Temporary move to fortnightly recycling collections
Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre is closed
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Services at Summers Lane recycling and reuse centre

We offer a complete range of recycling facilities and offer a reuse shop, bicycle and paint reuse schemes. The centre is for the use of residents only for the disposal of household waste. Commercial, trade or industrial waste is not permitted. 

The centre is at Summers Lane, North Finchley, London N12 0RF - map

Opening times

Monday to Sunday from 8.45 am to 4.15 pm - Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Avoid long queues at weekends

It's best to get there well before 3.45 pm. The centre closes at 4.15 pm and entry gates will close at 4.00 pm at the latest.

How to use the centre

You can recycle a large range of household items at Summers Lane. There are different labelled bays and banks for all the materials we collect for recycling. Ask any of our staff to show you which containers to use.

Items for reuse and recycling accepted here are:

  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Car batteries
  • Cartons
  • Clothing and textiles (mixed)
  • Cooking oil
  • Engine oil (used)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Food tins and drinks cans
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Glass bottles and jars (mixed)
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Large appliances
  • Light bulbs (mixed)
  • Mobile phones
  • Paint
  • Paper and card (mixed)
  • Plasterboard
  • Plastics
  • Printer cartridges
  • Scrap metal
  • Small appliances
  • TVs and monitors
  • Tyres
  • Wood and timber

Our facilities

Second Time Around - reuse shop
The reuse shop sells items in good condition such as furniture, toys, sports equipment and clothes. You can donate your unwanted items that are in good condition. The shop is open Tuesdays 9 am to 4 pm.

Bicycle Reuse Scheme
We operate a bicycle reuse scheme with Recycle your Cycle. Bicycles are then sold at charity shops across the country and in our Second Time Around reuse shop.

Paint Reuse Scheme
We have a reuse scheme for good quality reusable paint for community groups and others to re-use for free.

You can donate good quality paint suitable for reuse. Please place paint in the designated area on site or speak to a member of staff for help. 

Paint is free for community groups, charities, sports clubs and individuals to collect from the site during opening hours. Speak to a member of staff at the site to view the paint available.  When collecting the paint you will need to complete a short booking out form before taking away.

Please note we cannot guarantee the colours or amount of paint available on site, as this will depend on the paint donated to us.

Visiting us in a van pick-up truck or in a vehicle with a trailer

If you are visiting us in a van, pick-up truck or a vehicle with a trailer you will need to book your visit with us at least 24 hours before. We will email you a booking reference number, which you will need bring with you, along with proof of your identity and address.Commercial, trade or industrial waste is not permitted.

If you experience any problems with the online booking system call LondonEnergy Ltd (who run the site) on 020 8803 1322.

Further details on the booking procedure can be found on the North London Waste Authority webpage.

Please note: vans, pick ups and trailers over four foot must arrive before 3.30pm to ensure entry to the site and that the items can be unloaded before 4.15pm.

Van bookings can also be made by calling the site on 020 8362 0752.

Does the centre accept asbestos?

We don't accept asbestos.

You can book a collection by the City of London household hazardous waste collection and disposal service

You can make an appointment to take asbestos to Hornsey Street Re-use and Recycling Centre, Hornsey Street, London N7 8HU. Telephone 020 8884 5645 or email hornseyr&

North London Waste Authority (NLWA)

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) run the recycling centre at Summers Lane. Operations are carried out by LondonEnergy Ltd (LEL).

NLWA policies

  • Vans are accepted every day of the week provided users give 24 hours notice and provide proof of residency and ID. There is a limit of five van visits per year per household.
  • Hardcore rubble: there is a limit to the amount of hardcore accepted which is six standard rubble bags or equivalent, no more than once per month per household.
  • Soil acceptance: there is a limit to the amount of soil accepted which is six standard rubble bags or equivalent, no more than once per month per household.

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