Facilities

Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs)

We operate two Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs) in London (Hackney) and Essex (Barking). They have a combined area of 18 acres and are both fully permitted by the Environment Agency to receive up to 1.3 million tonnes of waste per annum.

We accept a complete range of wastes and specialist loads at our two MRFs and can accommodate almost any sized vehicle.

Booking-in is straightforward using our Avery-calibrated, self-service weighbridges which are fully automated allowing you to enter the site using a touch-screen terminal accessible from your vehicle.

Zero to landfill

In October 2011 McGrath formally announced it had reached a 3-year corporate goal to achieve “Zero to Landfill”.

Advances in reprocessing technology combined with the development and implementation of our two new packaging plants have enabled us to collect and dispatch residues from our MRF for Waste to Energy processing which has allowed us to divert all but hazardous wastes from landfill.

Trade bodies and accreditations

The McGrath Group is accredited to various trade bodies and accreditations including PAS 402:2013. We also operate an integrated management system which is certificated against international standards OHSAS 18001 (health & safety), IS0 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental) and ensures our products and services are supplied safely, consistently and sustainably. There are more details of our accreditations here.

Accessibility

Both MRFs are easily accessible being situated on major arterial roads in and out of the capital – just 5 mins from the Blackwall Tunnel, 10 mins from M11 and 15 mins from the M25. 

MRF in Essex (Barking)

The Barking MRF is located in the heart of the industrial complex in River Road off the A13. The 11-acre site in Barking has undergone major redevelopment to significantly expand our recycling capacity. We have installed the latest MRF process sorting technology.

The site also has wharf waste facilities, which can accommodate 100m vessels to provide a more sustainable method of transporting wastes from site and to their ultimate destination.  The wharf waste facilities are just six miles from central London, and used to transfer waste from boats on the Thames in London, amongst many other uses.

Address: 54-60 River Road, Barking, Essex IG11 0DW
Tel: 0845 548 5500
Fax: 0844 579 3560
Email: info@mcgrathgroup.co.uk
Map: click to view
Environmental Permit No EAEPR-TP3697NP-V004 (WML 80535)
Operational Times 365 days

 

MRF in London (Hackney)

Our MRF in Hackney is located in Wansbeck Road and is accessible via the A12 (via the Wick Lane overpass) and Old Ford Road. This site operates our crushing and washing plant to enable quality recycled aggregates to be processed.

Address: Wansbeck Road, Hackney, London E9 5HL
Tel: 0845 548 5500
Fax: 0844 579 3560
Email: info@mcgrathgroup.co.uk
Map: click to view
Environmental Permit No EAWML 80614
Operational Times 365 days

Reprocessing

We have developed a network of specialist re-processing partners for recycling other materials. Metal waste is separated magnetically into different elements and remelted where impurities are extracted and the residues re-cast.

Plastics are shredded into a variety of different grades and used as feedstock for manufacturing of new plastic items. Paper and card is graded then pulped and screened, cleaned and de-inked through a number of processes until suitable for reconstitution into new paper products.

Waste reprocessing at our London MRF

Organic materials such as non-protein-rich food or green waste are composted which involves adding natural enzyme-based substances to accelerate decomposition.

Where possible we will always attempt to find destinations that re-process rather than recycle waste. For all wastes but particularly bulk items or ad hoc materials we collect, we assess if there is a potential re-use.

For example, we work closely with our service partners to ensure the most sustainable solution is delivered for unwanted office furniture and equipment. Good quality items that have no resale value are distributed to worthy local charities.