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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Fordham, Cambridgeshire

We recently purchased a small waste transfer site at

The Old Station,
Station Road

We appointed Dovetail Architects as principal development consultants and following detailed consultation with all relevant authorities and interested parties, a planning application (with a detailed Environmental Statement) for a Materials Recovery Facility, vehicle servicing building and offices was submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council in January 2010.

Planning Consent was granted in June 2010.

We are currently finalising our market assessment and detailed design work with a view to commencing construction in 2013.

Head Office

We have recently been awarded planning consent to construct a three story head office building at our West Thurrock facility to replace our current temporary accommodation.

We appointed Dovetail Architects as design consultants.

The design incorporates the latest BRE guidance regarding energy & environmental matters and aims to provide a pleasant open plan office environment for our staff and visitors.


The Environment Agency has recently announced a new guidance on the management of gypsum and other high sulphate bearing wastes (including plasterboard) and the limits of the waste accepted in landfill sites.

Landfilling of gypsum and other high sulphate bearing wastes with biodegradable waste has been prohibited in England and Wales since 2005, there has been a pragmatic view that separate disposal is not necessary where construction waste contains small amounts, up to 10%, sulphate. The Environment Agency has said that this was always planned to be reviewed in response to scientific research.

Below are the main points of the November 2008 regulations from the EA regarding plasterboard waste :

Total Ban
On disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills
The previous 10% rule is gone
The regulations are valid for any amount of plasterboard waste. A zero tolerance policy will be applied
For HWRC’s, construction and demolition contractors and transfer/sorting facilities to segregate plasterboard waste
To try to recycle and treat as much of the waste as possible

The EA clearly states: “This material must not be land-filled with biodegradable waste. Producers of gypsum waste should separate it for recovery and recycling”.

To obtain quotations for disposal or if you require any further information please contact uson 01708 865599 or email transport@ahern.co.uk

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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Ahern Motorsport

The Ahern family have had a long established involvement in short circuit car racing.

Since the 1960’s they have competed in many events across the south of England.
Over this period they have consistently performed at the highest level and members of the family have become English, British, European and World champions in various classes in every decade.

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