If successful, Niramax Group Ltd will continue to export 30,000 tonnes of waste each year from landfill to Bulgaria to be converted into fuel for cement kilns.
Managing director Frank Antropik said: “This is an excellent development, not only due to the quantities involved but because it is waste which was destined for landfill.
“One of our big drivers for 2016 is to continue to reduce the amount of waste which ends up at landfill sites.
“We are already an industry leader in this regard and this further illustrates our commitment to process and divert waste from landfill.
“The first of two initial 6,000 tonne shipments is due to leave Hartlepool for Bulgaria next week, and upon success – a total of around 30,000 tonnes every year.”
The deal comes just weeks after a huge fire caused extensive damage to part of the Niramax site.
Antropik added: “The end of 2015 was a particularly challenging time for us but we are bouncing back and this deal is just reward for the hard work the management and staff have put in to take the business forward following the fire.
“We are optimistic that the agreement with PROBIO Energy will be the first of many and a turning point for us, putting us in a good position for 2016.”
After 25 years with PD Ports, Antropik returned to his home town of Hartlepool to take on the role of managing director in 2012 and the group has continued to grow under his leadership.