Energy technology firm Energos has been given the green light to build its energy-from-waste facility at Knowsley, Merseyside.
The £40 million facility will take two years to build and construction is expected to start in 2010.
The plant will use gasification technology to turn non-recyclable municipal waste into electricity and gas. The electricity will be used to power 10,000 homes.
A Knowsley Council spokeswoman said: Local authorities are obliged to find alternatives to landfill as part of the Governments strategy on waste management.
The Planning Committee has looked at this proposal in great detail and considered the concerns of local residents. The final decision of the Committee was to approve the application.
Knowsley Council will now work with partner agencies to ensure that all elements of the application are properly monitored and all conditions adhered to.
Energos has recently opened an EfW plant on the Isle of Wight. It claims that it is the UKs first fully developed gasification plant to operate on a municipal waste stream.
It is part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs New Technologies Demonstrator Programme.
Energos managing director Nick Dawber said: This is a community-sized solution for local waste that would otherwise fill up landfill sites and emit damaging greenhouse gases. We offer a proven and world class gasification technology with a 12-year track record of safe operation in Norway. This can help the UK build a much needed sustainable waste infrastructure.
Over the last three years, five planning applications, based on the Energos technology, have been submitted and all five have received consent within 12 months of the application date. We believe this demonstrates that communities accept facilities that are appropriately sized.