Hull's black bin rubbish will soon be converted into renewable energy

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Nov 2018

Hull's black bin household waste will be converted into renewable energy at a new power station opening in the city next year.

It will be the first time in decades that domestic waste generated in the city will also be dealt with here.

At the moment, non-recyclable rubbish collected from 100,000 homes across Hull is taken 70 miles away to an energy-from-waste plant in North Yorkshire.

Previously, most black bin waste in Hull was dumped in the ground at a number of landfill sites, including ones at Winterton near Scunthorpe, Gallymoor near Market Weighton and Humberfield near Hessle.

But the opening of the new £200m Energy Works complex in Cleveland Street is set to change all that.

The £200m Energy Works complex in Hull (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Hull City Council waste management contractors Geminor will be responsible for ensuring the current 47,000 tonnes of black bin rubbish collected annually by the council ends up at Energy Works.

Read more: Energy landmark completed: Progress at £200m development paves way for renewables research

Once there, most of the waste will refined into a fuel which will then be used to produce electricity to feed into the National Grid.

Residual bottom ash from the gasification process will be recycled for use by the construction industry.

Doug Sharp, assistant streetscene manager at Hull City Council (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, the authority's assistant streetscene manager Doug Sharp said: "The Energy Works plant is still going through the commissioning process but we expect our black bin waste will be going there towards the end of next year.

"It will make a big difference having a facility like this in Hull."

Hull's blue bin waste, which includes recyclable materials such as plastics, cardboard, glass and paper, is currently processed at a specialist facility in Hartlepool.

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