Any changes to our waste and recycling service in response to challenges faced during the ongoing pandemic will be updated here.

Please respect our staff by adhering to social distancing rules.We will not tolerate any abusive behaviour towards our team. Thank you for your cooperation.

Latest updates:

30/09/2020 - There are no current plans to resume a separate collection of paper in the blue boxes. Instead, please continue to put paper in the brown bin for recycling alongside glass, cartons, plastic, cans and cardboard. For more information please see our brown bin page. If the collection of blue boxes does return you will be notified via a hook-on on your black bin.

11/05/2020 - Ten of the Household Waste Recycling Centres will re-open this week including Potters Bar. Please see the HWRC webpage for further details.

03/04/2020 - The blue box collection has been suspended. All paper recycling can go in the brown bin until further notice - it will still be recycled. We will continue to collect the brown bin once a fortnight on its scheduled collection day. For further information please read our news article.

24/03/20 - All Household Waste Recycling Centres are now closed until further notice.

20/03/20 - The Elstree Household Waste Recycling Centre (local tip) in Allum Lane is closed. Please see their webpage for further details and updates. 

17/03/20 - bin collections running as usual.

For advice on health and wellbeing, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance page. 

Extra waste and recycling

Unfortunately, the available resources do not provide us with the ability to increase collections or collect any additional side waste.

Please continue to use your brown bin to full capacity, wash and squash bottles/cans, cut up cardboard and if unable to fit all recycling in the bin please store it until the following collection or until such time that the Household Waste Recycling Centres re-open. As long as it is empty and clean (as it should be for a normal collection), recycling stored like this will not pose a problem.

Black bin waste should also be stored as cleanly as possible, i.e. wash out any non-recyclables, dirty foil, etc and use your green bin for food waste. We greatly appreciate your help until normal collections resume.

Litter picking

Whilst we appreciate the efforts of our residents with organised community litter picks this activity does not adhere to current government guidelines of essential travel, daily exercise or shopping for essentials. Please wait until lockdown is over to resume these activities.

How you can help us

Please help keep our collection staff safe and prevent the spread of infection by:

  • Washing your hands before handling rubbish and recycling
  • Keeping at least 2m from collection workers
  • Disinfecting bin handles before and after collection

Home clear outs - what to do with items

flytipping registration check

We understand that many people are having clear outs at the moment but please don't be fooled by the 'man in a van' claiming to take your rubbish away for a good price. Always check the waste carrier register for the person/company you use. If they flytip your waste, you could be the one in trouble.

There is also no excuse for leaving excess waste around recycling banks, litter bins or outside charity shops. None of this waste will be recycled. Please hold onto your items until such time that shops/recycling centres reopen.

flytipping around recycling banks