Water power

Posted on: 21 Jun 2018

Dutch contractor, Koole was able to use McGrath Group’s wharf facilities in Barking to transport over 2000 tonnes of waste to enhance the environmental credentials of a demolition project in Purfleet.

The arisings were transported safely and sustainably eight miles upstream on barges which replaced over 100 vehicle journeys. The McGrath Group has two purpose-built waste Wharf’s at Barking Creek, situated just six miles from Central London and licensed by the Department of Transport.

These 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 waste into individual material streams for recycling.

The McGrath Group works closely with the Port of London Authority whose operations cover 95 miles of the River Thames which is Britain’s busiest inland waterway, handling over five million tonnes of goods and materials per annum. Each shipload replaces an average of 140 lorry journeys. Not only are we reducing our carbon footprint we are also helping to reduce the congestion on London roads, which is something we have been working on with WRAP who believe in making better use of the resources and helping to tackle climate change.

By continuing to maintain our fundamental aim to minimise the impact of waste on the environment, The McGrath Group has found a solution to minimise their carbon footprint at the same time.

To have our own private wharfs, Ripple Wharf and Debden Wharf, allows river access to our facilities where we are licenced by the Department of Transport to have both inbound and outbound shipments through the Thames Gateway on the Barking Creek.

We are also licenced to receive hazardous waste as well as non-hazardous waste and aggregates over our wharf and we can work 24 hours per day.

“The environmental benefits of transporting waste by water are considerable” said Scott Wood, McGrath’s Business Development Manager, “Not only does river-transport drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the logistics operation, it minimises air pollution and traffic congestion at the same time.”

Find out more about our wharf waste facilities in Barking.