We are going green

Renewable Energy from Waste and Washroom Services

We strive to be a low carbon, resource and energy efficient business and are regularly reviewing our processes in line with new catalysing innovation.  One major step has been a recent review in the way in which our waste is collected and disposed of.

Collection & Transportation

Firstly we have invested in a fleet of Liquid Petrol Gas -LPG vehicles (now 90% of our vehicles are powered by LPG). LPG is a natural hydrocarbon fuel made up of Butane and Propane. The advantage to the environment being reduced carbon dioxide emissions. We are also currently looking at electric vehicles and estimate by 2014 replacing local driven vans with an electric equivalent.

Waste Disposal

Cory EnvironmentalPreviously waste collected from customers was sent for incineration, however after researching new ideas, we now employ the services of Cory Environmental, who are leading the way in developing renewable energy from non-recyclable waste. Their new site Riverside Resource Recovery (RRR) Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Belvedere in Bexley has been officially opened by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

RRR plays a crucial role in the integrated waste management solution which Cory Environmental has developed to process London’s waste. The facility will make an important contribution to the capital’s ability to meet its landfill diversion and renewable energy targets for the next 30 years. 

Speaking at the opening event, The Princess Royal said: “This project demonstrates how far modern waste management has come by viewing waste as a resource to produce electricity. Generating energy from the waste we produce is a sensible reuse of resources".
“Having opened the Materials Recycling Facility in Wandsworth last year, I am very pleased to come back and, following the waste’s journey up the Thames, see the final stage of the process.”

Peter Gerstrom, Chief Executive of Cory Environmental, said: “I am delighted that The Princess Royal has recognised the importance of the work we are doing to reduce the impact London’s waste has on the environment and the potential of that waste to generate renewable energy.”
The RRR facility will process an average of 585,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste each year, generating 66MW of renewable electricity for export to the National Grid – enough to power around 100,000 homes. RRR is currently the largest EfW facility in the UK, and one of the most efficient.

Peter continued: “The process of taking control and commencing operations at the plant has been very smooth. The plant is about to start its availability trials which are the final phase of commissioning and it is already exporting electricity to the National Grid.”
RRR incorporates a 270m long deep-water jetty, which enables the majority of waste to be delivered by river, removing more than 100,000 lorry movements from the capital's congested roads each year.
RRR produces around 170,000 tonnes of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) each year. This ash is the principal residue from the incineration process, and is transported by river to Tilbury in Essex where it is used to make aggregate for the construction sector. It is already being used on the M25 widening scheme.

Other Developments

  • T CellAir Fresheners
    We use T cell air fresheners which require no batteries or metal canisters. The T Cell uses a fluid delivery system encapsulated in a paper cartridge. The T Cell's fuel cell technology delivers a precise dose of a wide variety of fragrances for 60 or 90 days using air flow generated from users of the facility. These are one of the most environmentally friendly air freshener systems currently available and contains no propellants or added VOCs.
  • Hand Dryers
    We supply the environmentally friendly I flow hand dryer which has a quick drying time of 10 seconds yet only uses half the power of a conventional dryer. 550W -1800W (hot) saving power and conserving the environment.
  • Feminine Hygiene Units
    We use liner exchange for all sanitary units. This is far greener than full unit replacement as it reduces the need for transportation of units and therefore harmful emissions. The units we provide are static and the liner is exchanged (together with all surfaces being sanitised) in the privacy of the toilet cubicle. This also reduces the number of units required per site and the requirement for raw materials and manufacture is half that of full bin replacement.

We are pleased with the steps we have taken to increase our sustainability and will continue to look at ways of reducing their carbon footprint as new technologies evolve.