Our Heritage

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.


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.

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.


John Glover’s sons acquired the business of Henry Bywater, whose enterprise was based at his house in Cathall Road, Leytonstone, E11.


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.


Bywaters bought their first skip vehicle - a Commer Maxiload, MHV138D. This was the first UK-produced vehicle plated at 16 tons gross vehicle weight.


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


Bywaters moved to a 1.5 acre site at Auckland Road, E10.


Bywaters purchased a 6.5 acre site at Marshgate Lane, E15 from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.


Bywaters purchased 3 acres at Ruckholt Road, E10.


Bywaters purchased a 0.5 acre site at Marshgate Industrial Estate.


Environmental Management System [EMS] implemented at Lea Interchange, Ruckholt Road, E10 certified to ISO 14001


London won the Olympic Games for 2012. The properties purchased in 1997, 1998 and 2000 were required for the Olympic Park development. Bywaters re-located these premises to Bow in 2006. Bywaters then installed and commissioned a unique Materials Recovery Facility and set new recycling and waste management standards for the UK and the world. Bywaters maintained it reputation for being first in the field of service innovation. The Environmental Management System was extended to cover all of Bywaters’ operations


The last three of these premises were required for the Olympic Park development and they were relinquished.

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.


Bywaters acquired a new fleet of collection vehicles to meet Euro V standards and lower emissions for entry into London. Bywaters has since been noted for having the best fleet of collection vehicles in London.


Bywaters management systems are certified to the standards of ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 for all operations. Bywaters fleet operation achieves the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme’s highest standard, FORS Gold. LED lighting was installed throughout the major operational areas of Lea Riverside.


Bywaters installed London’s largest solar PV arrays fitted to an existing building, incorporating 4,000 solar panels.