Barnet Council service changes you need to know this festive season

Bin collections, library and leisure centre opening hours, parking and customer service: all will change over festive period

A sign reading 'December'
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Barnet Council has announced its temporary service changes for the festive season, including Christmas week and New Year.

Bin collection days and opening hours for libraries and leisure centres are set to change, while shoppers can benefit from half-price parking.

A Barnet Council spokesperson said: “This festive season, we’ll continue to provide our frontline and essential services. Although timings and opening hours will change, our staff will remain focused on delivering for our residents.”

If you need to contact the council over the festive period, their customer contact centre will be open as usual between Christmas and New Year (apart from 25th and 26th December and 1st January, which are bank holidays). The out-of-hours service will still be answered 24 hours a day for emergencies.

Bin collections

Recycling and refuse collection days will change to work around the Christmas and New Year bank holidays between 23th December and 6th January. Details of revised dates can be found at Blue recycling bin and black refuse bin collections will resume on residents’ normal collection day from the week commencing 8th January.

Garden waste collections will pause for the winter period from 10th December for six weeks. Residents who have signed up to the service can check their next collection date in the new year from 13th December at Subscribers will also be emailed a reminder before collections resume in the new year.

Real Christmas trees will be collected in January. If residents would like their real Christmas tree to be collected, they must ensure it has all decorations and tree lights removed, is cut in half and put at the boundary of their property by 12th January for collection over one of the two weekends that follow.

Leisure centres

All council-owned leisure centres will be closed on 21st December, 25th December, 26th December and 1st January. For the remainder of the festive season, from 22nd December until 2nd January, they will be operating with reduced hours in place. Full details are available at


Libraries will be closed on 24th-26th December, 31st December and 1st January. On 23rd and 30th December, they will close at 5pm. Libraries will be open as usual on 27th December – apart from Childs Hill Library, which will remain closed – and from 2nd January onwards.

Car parking

This festive season, parking will be half price in all Barnet pay-to-park bays and in the council’s car parks for every weekend in December up until Christmas.

For more information, residents can visit:

This half-price parking only applies to council-operated ‘paid-for’ parking areas. It does not apply to permit bays, private car parks or leisure centre car parks.

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