Mayor visits state of the art recycling facility in Bow

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, and Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Waste, Cllr Rachel Blake, visited Bywaters material recovery facility in Bow today (Thursday 18 January 2018).

The facility handles 12,000 tonnes of material from homes and local businesses in Tower Hamlets each year - writes

The visit included a tour of the state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), to see first-hand the procedure that is undertaken from when a rubbish delivery arrives to when recycled material is despatched.

The site which sits across 9.2 acres, and is located on Lea Riverside, allows for co-mingled recycling also known as mixed recycling to be processed in a single waste stream. This process helps to minimize contamination and maximize the volume of valuable material for recycling.

At the facility materials including plastic packaging items, glass bottles and jars, newspapers, cardboard and aluminum cans, are sorted, baled (compressed into blocks) and then sent off to specialist centres to be processed into new products. For example milk bottles are turned into wheelie bins.

Bywaters has a zero waste to landfill policy which means that any non-recyclable waste collected is safely converted in renewable energy, and used for powering local homes.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:“Recycling facilities such as this one help local residents to make the most out of their waste. By maximising recycling, as well as making other positive environmental choices, we can help to make Tower Hamlets a cleaner and greener place to live and work.”

Cllr Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Waste, said:“It is really important for local residents to hear about what happens to their waste after it is collected by the Council.Providing clear communication about what can and can’t be recycled and highlighting how recycled objects can be repurposed into everyday items, is all part of our mission to increase our recycling rate.”

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