Wharf Waste Facilities in London helps keep the Thames Tidy

Posted on: 31 Jul 2014

The Tidy Thames Refuse Service, which has been providing waste management for waterborne clients and those with residential and commercial locations on the banks of the River Thames for over 20 years, is now regularly tipping a cargo of mixed waste at McGrath’s Wharf Waste Facilities in London.

McGrath’s facilities at Barking provide an ideal discharge point for our barges,” said Nick Beasley, Operations Director of Thames Gateway Marine, “This allows McGrath’s excellent facilities to sort and recycle as much as 95% of the materials we deliver and enables us to demonstrate to our clients that their unwanted materials are being managed in an environmental manner.

McGrath’s two purpose-built waste wharves at Barking Creek are situated just six miles from Central London and are licensed by the Department of Transport. The facilities, which can accommodate 100 metre vessels, are equipped with grab plant and fully integrate with the Group’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where mechanical and manual processes are used to separate wastes into individual material streams for recycling.

The “Tidy Thames 1” barge is currently discharging around 25 tonnes of mixed waste per visit to the wharf, generated from customers that can include visiting cruise ships to London, passenger boats and restaurants located on the Thames including HMS Belfast, the HQS Wellington and the Tattershall Castle.

Wharf waste facilities in London

The Company provides a recycling and waste management service to customers by meeting their specific requirements which can include the provision of bottle banks for glass recycling and the collection of waste oil for reuse along with effluent collection from homes, businesses and visitors on and along the tidal river and various connected waterways between Teddington and Gravesend.

The service is operated by a customised fleet of Dutch barges “Tidy Thames I” and the “Eileena”. Both can collect waste and have built- in storage tanks and containers to separate and hold a varied range of materials.

The environmental benefits of transporting waste by water are considerable. Each journey can reduce a considerable number of lorry movements, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint as well as traffic congestion and pollution in London.

The Tidy Thames Refuse Service is part of the Thames Gateway Marine (TGM) Group which supplies a range of marine-based services from the provision of staff for stevedoring to passenger boat crews, towage and barge movements on the River Thames as well as safety support for construction work along the length of the River Thames.