We are proud of our contribution to the community, whether that be through local initiatives (such as employee volunteering or fundraising activities) or through broader community, educational and STEM outreach programmes.
These programmes include the Industrial Cadets, the Engineering for a Cleaner World programme with Crossness Power Station and Bexley Eco-Fest with the London Borough of Bexley.
We also welcome thousands of people from local schools and community groups to tour our facilities every year.
We conduct these tours to raise awareness of responsible waste management and the circular economy.
We sponsor the annual Bexley Eco-Fest, which features expert talks from organisations, advice on health and wellbeing, information from local community groups, live entertainment and family-fun activities.
The event provides tips and resources for living more sustainable lives, reducing environmental impact and getting more involved in the local community. Residents can show how they had put the tips into action by participating in Cory’s Community Eco Challenge, which offers prizes for the most engaging, innovative and inspiring eco-friendly upgrades people have made to their homes.
Engineering for a Cleaner World
Cory and Crossness Pumping Station run a programme to demonstrate innovation in the waste management sector and inspire local school children to consider careers in engineering. The programme builds on the existing relationship between Cory and Crossness, following Cory’s donation of £130,000 to secure the future of the Pumping Station as a local community asset in 2018.
The Engineering for a Cleaner World programme gives year eight pupils the opportunity to visit Crossness and Cory sites and compare, contrast and assess the effectiveness of their engineering solutions to waste management.
Following an introduction to the programme, pupils visit Crossness Pumping Station in Abbeywood, a Grade 1 listed industrial heritage site designed as part of the first sewage system for London, and Cory’s state-of-the-art Riverside EfW facility. The programme concludes with pupil presentations of their own mechanical devices to earn a certificate from the Engineering Development Trust.
Working with Vattenfall and the London Borough of Bexley, Cory is looking to develop a district heat network to harness the heat produced by the existing Riverside EfW facility and the proposed Riverside Energy Park. In 2020 we applied to the Heat Network Investment Partnership (HNIP). The HNIP funding will take us a step closer to delivering low carbon heating for around 21,000 homes. The project presents a watershed moment in London’s decarbonisation journey by transforming how a large part of the city is supplied with heat.
Our Community Fund supports activities that improve people’s lives in the communities where we operate, with successful applicants receiving grants of up to £7,500.
These organisations’ activities are all run in a way that’s consistent with Cory’s values. That includes making a positive impact on the local people in the community, protecting the local environment, supporting the circular economy, promoting social and community cohesion, together with diversity and inclusion, and improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematical skills.
In 2020, Cory distributed funding to seven organisations:
- Groundwork: which carries out diverse, locally led projects.
- The AHOY Centre: a charity that helps disadvantaged children and people with disabilities get involved in water sports.
- Doorstep Library Network: a community organisation that brings books and reading to disadvantaged children across Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Westminster.
- Thurrock Play Network: which provides advice, support and resources for play and recreation in the community.
- upCYCLE: which provides free bikes, cycle training and bicycle maintenance workshops for young people from minority ethnic groups.
- Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre: which delivers water sports, climbing sessions and mountain biking for people of all ages and backgrounds.
- West Thamesmead Community Organisation: a local group run by volunteers.