Project type / City

Barking Riverside

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Newly built
460 waste inlets
2 fractions - Rest incl. organic / Dry recyclables
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The client

Barking Riverside Ltd

The brief

Located along the banks of the River Thames and covering 443 acres, Barking Riverside – a partnership between The Mayor of London and L&Q – will include 10,800 new homes of mixed size and style, up to 50 per cent of which will be affordable, when the site is fully developed.

Plans to provide 65,000 square metres of commercial floor space for shopping, restaurants, cafés, community and leisure facilities, healthcare and schools also feature heavily in its overall vision, as well as a brand new train station to increase access to the heart of the capital.

As part of the project’s commitment to placemaking and ensuring that its residents have access to sustainable living space, Barking Riverside commissioned Envac to design and install its pneumatic waste collection system which, on completion, will be Europe’s largest ever system.

Waste collection of tomorrow

… here today at Barking Riverside

Basic facts

Basic project information

Type of development City

Waste collection capacity 16 tons/day

Country England

City London

Client Barking Riverside Ltd

Envac contract awarded 2017

Launched Up and running on a small scale sine May 2019. Total project to be completed by 2031.

Design parameters

Type of project New development

Type of system Stationary vacuum system

Pipe network dimension (mm) 500

Pipe network length (mts) 8,700

Nr. of waste fractions 2

Type of waste fraction Rest incl. organic / Dry recyclables

Nr. of storage tanks (MOVAC) N/A

Number of apartments Total 13,700 units plus commercial areas

Our sustainability-led ethos and commitment to making this a clean, green and pleasant area in which to live led us to this ground-breaking method of waste collection. By integrating Envac and making waste collection one of the key environmental strands of Barking Riverside London, we’ve not only ensured that waste collection will operate sustainably and effectively, but also taken the carbon emissions and traffic safety aspects attributable to a constant flow of waste collection vehicles out of the equation.

Matthew Carpen, Project Director at Barking Riverside London

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