It is hoped the facility, which will take waste from the firms customers in the Greater Manchester area, will have a 90 per cent recycling rate. It has the capacity to process 200,000 tonnes of waste each year and will be based at Trafford Park.
Biffa engineering director Dr John Casey said: The plant uses a unique combination of mechanical and optical sorting systems and has been designed to operate with very high levels of automation and efficiency making it the most advanced recycling plant in the UK. This is the first of a new generation of material recycling facilities that we will be building across the UK as we move more of our customers waste to recycling and resource recovery.
The plant will be fully operational by 2010, creating 30 jobs in the construction phase and 40 jobs once it has been built. The plant will inject £3 million into the local economy.