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Councils await response from struggling Impetus

Energy from waste

The future of Teesside firm Impetus Waste Management hangs in the balance as the councils it serves make ‘emergency’ arrangements.

On 28 October, the company halted operations at its waste transfer station in Billingham, adjacent to Air Products’ scrapped gasification plants (pictured).

Impetus was due to send the waste it collects from local households and businesses to the TV1 and TV2 facilities but Air Products announced its withdrawal from the sector in April.

MRW understands that Impetus has struggled to find alternative destinations either domestically or abroad for the residual waste it collects through contracts with two local authorities.

Local media reported on 2 November that workers who arrived that morning at the Billingham plant, which employs 120 staff, were told to go home.

Hull City and North Lincolnshire councils have both said they have approached the company about its current situation.

A spokesperson for Hull said: “We are still awaiting clarification from Impetus on the future of its services. We have made interim alternative arrangements until Impetus clarifies the situation.

“We can reassure residents that there will be no impact on their fortnightly collection of black bin waste.”

A North Lincolnshire spokeswoman said the council would review its position once Impetus had responded.

“In the meantime, the council has put in place emergency arrangements to ensure that the waste collected from households and businesses is lawfully disposed of,” she said.

In July, Impetus appointed a new chief executive, Duncan Martin, who took over from Malcolm Ward three months after joining the company as head of operations.

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