Powerday and iRecycle combine forces to deliver waste by water

Powerday and iRecycle have kicked off 2019 by teaming up to create the first regular commercial waste collection service to be transported by water.

 The collaboration follows a successful trial, moving waste from Camden Market to Powerday’s Material Recycling Facility at Old Oak Sidings on a barge. The vision is to create a clean sustainable transport and waste disposal service that delivers the best possible environmental outcomes.

This new solution will enable clients to reduce costs by avoiding the rising prices of fuel, reduce their CO2 emissions by cutting down the number of vehicles on the road therefore enabling them to hit their sustainability targets.

iRecycle founder and CEO Elliot Lancaster stated, “Working with Camden market, we have established a regular disposal service that, as well as utilising the famous Grand Union canal, also deploys a new electric powered collection vehicle for waste. This material is then transferred into barges to complete the short cruise to Powerday where the material will be processed, recyclable materials recovered and then any residue materials will be turned into a renewable fuel and supplied to energy from waste plants. This means that customers of this service will be able to see exactly where their materials go, the positive outcomes from it as well as knowing the transport used is the most efficient possible and importantly reduces the number of vehicle movements in the busiest areas of London often with a large number of pedestrians.”

Powerday Director Simon Little comments, “We have been convinced of the benefits of this type of service and we are really keen to support iRecycle in delivering this fantastic customer offer. London prides itself on setting clear direction on emissions, carbon reductions, and utilising waste as a resource so this new service combines all these elements of best practice. I hope that both with this initiative for commercial waste contractors generating construction waste will also buy into this method.”

Watch a short timelapse video below that shows the fascinating 2km journey along the Grand Union Canal to Powerday's Old Oak Sidings facility: