Tower Hamlets: A Short Guide
Tower Hamlets is a London Borough covering most of the traditional East End, including areas such as Spitalfields, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, Mile End, Stepney, Bow, Poplar, and Old Ford. Situated north of the River Thames, the borough sits between London’s bustling financial hub and the site of the 2012 Olympics.
The history of Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets was established in 1965 when local politicians merged the former metropolitan boroughs of Bethnal Green, Strepney and Poplar. The name Tower Hamlets dates back to 1554, and for most of its history has acted as a catch-all description for settlements north and east of The Tower of London.
With a rich and colourful history, it combines traditional markets like Spitalfields and Brick Lane and business metropolises, as well as plenty of small, independent businesses and street food merchants. You’ll also spot Columbia Road’s flower haven and Canary Wharf, which is only second to the City of London in terms of its business and finance companies located there. While St. Katherine Dock is home to many luxury businesses.
A booming borough
A borough of extreme contrasts, the population of Tower Hamlets in 2019 was 324,754, making it the fastest growing group nationally with a 2.2% increase from 2018. It’s a dynamic place to live and work in, and the number of residents is only set to increase. Two-thirds of the citizens here belong to minority ethnic groups, and over 90 different languages are spoken.
As of 2019, there were 17,335 local enterprises based in Tower Hamlets, an increase of 35% over the previous five years, with 98% of these either micro or small businesses with under 50 employees. As the area expands, more businesses are expected to pop up, and naturally the volume of waste generated by them collectively will increase.
Due to this, Bywaters will have more waste management responsibilities and challenges to face to effectively and properly dispose of commercial waste in Tower Hamlets. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a small food truck operating at local markets or a large permanent city office block in the heart of the capital.
Alongside the general waste collected by businesses from all different sectors and sizes, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is also home to several events. These include an 11 mile stretch of the London Marathon course and the Mela Festival which is a stunning kaleidoscope of dance, music and culture — a highlight in the borough’s calendar. These events create large amounts of waste, from plastic bottles and food packaging, to leftover decorations. Fortunately, Bywaters is equipped to manage event waste to prevent disposed items being sent to landfill.