Niramax, which specialises in refuse-derived fuel, has been left temporarily unable to process material after a fire at one of its facilities on the day it announced a trade waste deal with Veolia.
The fire started at around 11pm on 4 December in a machine in a shed at the company’s Windermere Road facility in Hartlepool and has yet to be fully put out.
A Niramax spokesman said it would have been contained were it not for “adverse weather conditions”. The north of England was battered by strong winds from Storm Desmond over the weekend.
A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesman said the fire was ”deep seated” and there was risk of structural damage to buildings.
The fire broke out on the same day Niramax announced Veolia would take over collections of around 4,000 of its trade waste bins. The waste was to be processed by Niramax, but will now have to be diverted.
A spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, we are temporarily unable to allow waste onto the site, including waste from Veolia, as a result of the fire. We do have contingency plans in place to divert waste to other facilities until the Hartlepool plant can re-open.
“We are working closely with the regulatory bodies and relevant authorities to clear the site in the quickest possible way to ensure we have business as usual as soon as possible.”
Niramax was raided by HM Revenue & Customs in September as part of an investigation into landfill tax fraud.
A spokesman for Niramax said: “HMRC is continuing with its investigation and we are co-operating fully with officers.
“Our legal team is involved and will advise us appropriately when the process concludes.”