Friday 17 September 2004 9.42am
I think that the barges managed by Cory Environmental go to the aptly named Mucking in Essex for landfill.
"The Thames Estuary plays an important role in London's waste management. Household waste is delivered to waste transfer stations in central London where it is packed into sealed containers, placed on barges and towed downstream through the estuary to landfill sites. Cory Environmental, the largest barge operator on the Thames, transports over 600,000 tonnes of London's household waste each year, removing around 400 lorry movements and their associated pollution, from London's streets every day."
"River transport helps to reduce the environmental impact of waste transfer by taking lorries, and their associated pollution, off the already congested road network."
From the recycling forum on Southwark's website, IIRC most of Southwark's waste goes to landfillm but about 30% goes to the SELCHP incinerator next to Millwall football ground.