Company History

Bywaters is London’s leading recycling and waste management organisation serving London and the South East since 1952. We provide a comprehensive range of tailor-made recycling and waste management services offering all types of businesses the option of a ‘zero direct to landfill’ solution.

history 1918 - John Glover, a farmer, left Lincolnshire and headed to London with his horses, by train, in search of new opportunities as work had dried up after the war.
  1918 - John Glover operated as a sole-trader from Highbury, North London and Bywaters was formed – trading with horse and cart collections and later moved to Hainault Road, E11.
  1952 - John Glover’s sons acquired the business of Henry Bywater, whose enterprise was based at his house in Cathall Road, Leytonstone, E11.
  1965 - Glover Brothers split in 1965 and John S Glover (grandson of the founder) bought Bywaters and started trading as Bywaters (Leyton) Ltd. From 1965 until 1983 Bywaters was based in Skeltons Lane, E10.
history 1966 - Bywaters bought their first skip vehicle - a Commer Maxiload, MHV138D. This was the first UK-produced vehicle plated at 16 tons gross vehicle weight.

1967/8 - Bywaters introduced roll-on vehicles and portable and static waste compaction units.

history 1983 - Bywaters moved to a 1.5 acre site at Auckland Road, E10.
  1997 - Bywaters purchased a 6.5 acre site at Marshgate Lane, E15 from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.
history 1998 - Bywaters purchased 3 acres at Ruckholt Road, E10.

2000 - Bywaters purchased a 0.5 acre site at Marshgate Industrial Estate.

history 2006 - The last three of these premises were required for the Olympic Park development and they were relinquished.
history Since mid-2006 we have been located at Bow, where we have a facility developed to set new recycling and waste management standards for the UK and the world, while continuously being first in the field for service innovation.

2011 - We acquired a new fleet of collection vehicles to meet Euro 5 standards for entry into London.