A total of 3,071* households in Barnet made use of the council’s free Community Skips service through the first three months since it was launched in November 2022.
The service, which is managed by Barnet Council’s Street Scene team, allows households in the borough to dispose of up to three large items at no charge, and is available to each household in the borough once every three months.
Barnet Council’s Environment & Climate Change Committee Chair, Cllr Alan Schneiderman, said: “It’s great to see the free Community Skips service has been so popular with Barnet households, and we will be continuing the service to help residents needing to dispose of larger items. We hope the service will be another step forward to help tackle fly-tipping, there is no excuse to dump rubbish.
“Launching this service has involved a lot of hard work and coordination from a number of Street Scene teams to identify appropriate locations to place the skips, sourcing skips and vehicles, and staff working at the skip sites, so I would like to thank all those involved in this excellent initiative.”
The council is currently exploring ways to donate items deposited that are in good condition, to help reduce waste and be more sustainable. A bike reuse scheme with The Bike Project will also soon be in place so those deposited can be refurbished and provided to refugees or people seeking asylum in England, providing them with a free means of transport.
The service is accessible across 74 locations in Barnet and residents will have one location allocated to them every three months. Residents can check their skip service dates and locations at www.barnet.gov.uk/communityskips.
A new campaign video will also be coming soon to further promote Community Skips and let residents know they can come along not just to dispose of items, but to also keep in touch with their friends and neighbours.
*83 households a day made use of the Community Skips service across 37 operational days in the first three months, giving a total of 3,071 households.