10 October 2017 by Hera Lorandos

Cory wins Tower Hamlets contract

Cory Riverside Energy has announced that it has won a contract to provide waste management services to the London borough of Tower Hamlets, which covers residual waste CA site. 

The energy from waste company takes over the work from Veolia which held the contract with the authority since 2006 (see letsrecycle.com).

Running from October 2017 to March 2027, with an extension option to 2035, Cory will process up to 110,000 tonnes of waste from the borough per year in a contract that is worth between £170m and £250m over its lifespan.

Under the new contract, Cory will be developing and running Tower Hamlet’s Re-use and Recycling Centre that is located alongside Cory’s Northumberland Wharf Transfer Station.

Cory will process up to 110,000 tonnes of waste from Tower Hamlets per year. Pictured: Commercial Street in Tower Hamlets (shutterstock)

Cory will also oversee the disposal and processing of residual waste and converting it into electricity.

Residual waste will be baled at the Northumberland Wharf transfer station and then transported by barge along the River Thames to Cory’s Riverside energy from waste (EfW) facility at Belvedere, East London.

Cory said that the use of the river helps avoid pollution, congestion and road safety issues that come with the disposal of waste using vehicles – generating 1,700 tonnes of CO2e savings a year.

Cory’s success in winning the Tower Hamlets contract is seen as helping it secure a significant tonnage volume to help ensure its Belvedere plant operates at full capacity.


Bywaters is currently collecting dry mixed recyclables for Tower Hamlets and this will continue under an interim recycling contract which was extended earlier this year to April 2020. The authority is looking to redesign its recycling service in a bid to improve their recycling performance.

Any dry mixed recyclables received at Cory’s Riverside plant will be taken to its materials recycling facility in Wandsworth, London.


Cory’s Belvedere plant is one of the largest energy from waste plants in the UK, with the capacity to treat up to 750,000 tonnes of residual waste per year.

The energy company currently works directly with six London Boroughs including Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Wandsworth, City of London and Bexley.

Pictured: The Belvedere incinerator in east London

Nicholas Pollard, chief executive of Cory Riverside Energy, added: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this service contract by the London Borough Tower Hamlets.

“We have enjoyed a solid relationship with the authority for some years now, investing in and running the Northumberland Wharf facilities to enable transportation of waste down the ‘green highway’ of the River Thames for conversion into electricity at our energy from waste plant.

“The waste processed from this one contract alone will enable us to generate enough electricity to power 19,000 homes, and recover 30,000 tonnes of aggregates each year from the waste for use by the construction industry.

“We look forward to building a strong, long-lasting business relationship with Tower Hamlets and working together to ensure that the borough’s waste is treated responsibly and sustainably.”

Tower Hamlets

A Tower Hamlets council spokesperson said: “Following a rigorous procurement exercise, Cory has been awarded our new waste disposal contract. We know how important it is to keep the borough clean and protect the environment and our waste disposal contractor plays a big part in that.

“Making sure we have the right company to run our Re-use and Recycling Centre, dispose of our residual waste appropriately and provide cost effective waste services is important to us and our residents.”

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