History of Ahern


Ahern Waste Management and Recycling were established in Harold Hill in 1948 by our founder Patrick Ahern. The business originally comprised two Bedford 5 cubic yd drop side tipping vehicles. These vehicles collected wastes from the roadside and were then transported to local disposal sites.

In 1961 we relocated to Crow Lane, Romford.  A fleet of Skip vehicles were added to better service growing demand in the East London area. By the late 1960’s the fleet had been further expanded again. We added mobile compaction vehicles and began to supply specialist containers and bins. Soon after, the company began to operate transfer stations and landfills for industrial and commercial wastes.

Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s we continued to provide waste management services for a growing range of waste producers. This included the supply of secure containers for the safe disposal of asbestos at our own landfill site.

In the early 1990’s, we opened our Basildon transfer and operating centre to service the needs of waste producers in South Essex.

In 2005, we transferred our current head office and main operational activities from Crow Lane to a purpose built Materials Recovery Centre in Oliver Close, West Thurrock.

Today, we remain a family owned business focused on the needs of our customers.

Company Information

Ahern Waste Management Services provides a comprehensive waste & recycling collection and treatment service to its customers.

From our purpose built Materials Recovery Centre in West Thurrock we manage a fleet of over 30 waste collection vehicles and operate two waste recycling centres servicing waste producers in the East London and South Essex areas.

We employ over 70 staff across our business, many of whom have significant operational & customer service experience, who can offer advice and guidance regarding the most appropriate collection, treatment and disposal methods for most hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.

As an organisation, we are committed to recycling and landfill diversion programmes and have targeted to achieve a zero to landfill approach for all outputs from our material recovery facility by the end of 2013 (as of July 2012, landfill diversion had reached 91%).

As a long established, independent company we have longstanding relationships with many waste treatment and disposal facility operators enabling us to offer the full suite of treatment and disposal options for your wastes including Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT), Energy for Waste (EfW) and composting.

Our operations and services are certified to ISO 9001:2015 , ISO14001:2015 and BS EN ISO 45001:2018 standards.

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Current Job Opportunities at Ahern

Ahern Waste Management & Recycling Services currently have no vacancies. However, if you believe that you have something positive to offer us, please submit your details and CV to us using the contact form below. We’ll keep you in mind as soon as an opportunity opens up.

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Corporate & Social Responsibility Policy

P F Ahern (London) Ltd are accredited to ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 & ISO45001:2018.

We hold FORS Bronze and Silver accreditations, Safe Contractor and are members of Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association). We have 4 CPC holders and 2 x COTC holders.

Environmental & Sustainability

  • Accredited to ISO14001:2015 and are fully committed to reducing our environmental footprint and work in line with the Waste Hierarchy.
  • Waste is segregated and recycled wherever possible
  • Contract in place with a local energy for waste facility.
  • Vehicle replacement program in place for vehicles with lower emissions.
  • All company cars are battery operated.
  • All electronic equipment purchased will have an energy rating of A+ or above. We procure from sustainable sources where appropriate.
  • We operate PDA’s meaning our tickets, invoices and paperwork are emailed rather than printed. We also have a Portal enabling our customers to log on and obtain any paperwork.
  • Our Partner, Ingrebourne Valley are one of the leading land reclamation and restoration companies in the South East of England.
  • P F Ahern (London) Ltd are working alongside Ingrebourne Valley to commence a project involving local Schools by planting trees to offset our CO2e on the reclaimed land by 2022.

Health & Safety

  • Accredited to ISO45001:2018
  • Accredited to Safe Contractor
  • IOSH qualified staff
  • External Health & Safety Consultant
  • Regular meetings and Audits to identify areas of improvements/ identify any training requirements.

Our People

We employ local people and work closely with a local charities to give vulnerable people opportunities.

Many of our staff have joined our team unskilled and have worked through the Pinches Jumpstart scheme to receive the necessary training, mentoring and qualifications to enable them to progress in their careers.


P F Ahern (London) Ltd support 3 small local charities;

Pinches Trust. Charity No. 1169298

Our Managing Director is the founder of charity Pinches Trust.

Pinches Trust vision is to offer charities, groups, organisations and individuals access to their tranquil place to help develop their own visions, aims and goals.

Pinches Trust have been donated 45 acres of land which is currently under restoration which is due to be completed by the 2022 to provide a tranquil and secluded outside space overlooking the glorious views of London. It will be available for a range of target groups including but not limited to disabled people, those recovering from substance abuse, rehabilitation projects, motivational projects for young people and a place for those just needing to recharge their batteries.

Whilst the land is being restored, the Charity have offered various services such as;

  • Counselling Services for those suffering with Mental Health
  • Forest Schools working with the local schools and authorities to offer alternative learning paths
  • Jump Start Schemes offering mentoring programmes for young adults
  • Pinches Wildlife Show educating local schools on local wildlife

Friends of Essex & London Homeless. Charity No. 1178366

We work closely with this local homeless charity to give job opportunities to those that are trying to get back on their feet using via the Pinches Jumpstart scheme.

Just4Children/Just Josh. Charity No. 1164473

Josh is a local 4 year old boy from Hornchurch, Essex. He was born prematurely at 30 weeks. Josh was very poorly when he was born – battling sepsis, having blood transfusions and jaundice on a number of occasions. When he was just two weeks old, a cranial ultrasound picked up damage in his brain due to a lack of oxygen at some point during or before birth. As a result, he now has a lifelong condition called PVL and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy just after his 2nd birthday.

Josh has received weekly private therapy such as physiotherapy, CME and horse riding since he was 3 months old and also has at least two intensive physiotherapy blocks a year. Josh has come on so well and tries so hard at all his therapies. However due to how expensive the therapies can be Josh’s parents fundraise through a registered charity to help fund the treatments to enable Josh to have the best chance of leading an independent life and to give him the best chance.


  • PDAs
  • Investment in updated Recycling Equipment
  • Food waste technologies
  • Working towards zero carbon by 2030
  • Use of River over Road

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