Knowsley Council gave the green light to the mechanical biological treatment facility on Huyton Business Park which should convert waste into valuable material and also recover streams such as metals, glass and mixed plastics for recycling.
The pioneering project for the area is a partnership between Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA), Fairport Engineering, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
MWDA director Carl Beer said: This is a great boost for the regions waste management. Government is supporting it with a lot of money because it believes the technology has potential to help councils across the country cut the amount of waste they send to landfill.
The facility developed by Fairport Engineering will use an environmentally friendly, low temperature heat treatment process on non-hazardous streams; with it envisaged that 80% will be saved from landfill.
NWDA head of sustainable development Mark Atherton said: This initiative demonstrates new technology conceived and built in the North West and the NWDA is pleased to support this project, which will demonstrate a much more sustainable approach to waste management on Merseyside, supporting innovation in the environmental technologies sector.
The facility will open at the end of 2007 and will initially operate until April 2009 as part of the new technology demonstrator programme funded under Defras waste implementation programme.
It will save around £1.5 million a year in waste disposal costs in the area and will create up to 23 jobs locally.