The history of Cory

  • 1896


    1896 William Cory and Son Ltd formed

    William Cory and Son Ltd was formed and was an amalgamation of eight companies in the coal trade. Most of the coal at this time was for industrial use although some was for households.

  • 1914


    1914, D Company, 6th Battalion of The Buffs, The Cory's

    With the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, Cory staff formed a complete regiment of soldiers. This was the D Company, 6th Battalion of The Buffs, who were commonly known as the Cory’s.

  • 1940


    1940s Clean Air Act

    Coal was still the main fuel keeping London’s fires alight, but this was to change with the introduction of The Clean Air Act in 1956.

  • 1950s 1970s


    1950s - 1970s Cory modernise coal and oil distribution using the thames

    Cory had modernised its coal and oil distribution operations. By early 1970s Cory was distributing annually 216 million gallons of oil.

  • 1979


    1979 Cory acquire Thames and General Lighterage

    Cory acquired Thames and General Lighterage, which made it by far the largest carrier of waste on the River Thames.

  • 1980s


    1980 Cory creates Cory Waste Management

    Cory sells its coal and oil distribution business and creates Cory Waste Management.

  • 1983


    1983 Cory win tender to transport and dispose of waste for GLC

    Cory Waste Management won a tender to transport and dispose of half a million tonnes of waste a year for the GLC. This saw the launch of the containerised waste transport which thrives today.

  • 1990


    1990 Cory rebrand to Cory Environmental

    Cory rebranded its companies under the Cory Environmental identity.

  • 1996


    1996 Cory rebuild transfer station at Walbrook Wharf

    Work starts on rebuilding the City of London’s transfer station at Walbrook Wharf.

  • 2002


    2002 Cory sign WRWA contract

    Cory signed an innovative £700 million 30-year contract with the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) securing the river operations. This included the funding of a five-year £5 million waste minimisation and awareness campaign and development of an 84,000 tpa Materials Recycling Facility

  • 2006


    2006 permission for Cory Energy from Waste plant

    Following one of the longest public inquiry processes for a waste management facility in the country, permission was finally given for Cory to build an Energy from Waste plant on the banks of the Thames at Belvedere.

  • 2011


    2011 Opening of Materials Recycling Facility at Cory

    The Princess Royal formally opens the Materials Recycling Facility in Wandsworth.

  • 2012


    2012 Princess Royal opens Cory Riverside Resource Recovery facility

    The Princess Royal returns to Cory to open the Riverside Resource Recovery facility, one of the UK’s most efficient energy recovery plants, processing waste from households and businesses in London.

  • 2012


    2012 Cory tugs in Diamond Jubilee Pageant

    Cory’s four new tugs lead the working boats section of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

  • 2015


    2011 – New barges for Cory

    Cory takes delivery of two new barges for its River Thames operations. They will be used to transfer Incinerator Bottom Ash from Cory’s Riverside Resource Recovery Energy from Waste facility, situated on the banks of the River Thames in the London Borough of Bexley.

  • 2016



    New name, new brand identity! Cory Riverside Energy promotes a fresh, future-focused brand for our London based business. It is a brand that reflects innovation, our particular use of the River Thames, and the importance of generating energy from waste.

  • 2017



    The award of the contract to provide waste management services to The London Borough of Tower Hamlets sees Cory processing up to 110,000 tonnes of waste from the Borough each year.

  • 2018



    Cory acquired Thames Ship Repair Services, an established shipping maintenance company, based in Gravesend, Kent. This acquisition allows Cory to maintain its fleet, as well as continuing to provide this service to third parties.