Biffa has announced plans to develop a state-of-the-art energy from waste facility near Ware.
Intending to apply for planning permission this November, its plant will be able to treat 400,000 tonnes of waste each year, which will produce enough electricity to power 68,000 homes.
Biffa is proposing to situate the plant at its Westmill landfill site on land already consented for future landfill until 2017. However, there are currently no plans to extend this timescale.
Mainly commercial and industrial waste from businesses, shops and organisations will be treated at the plant, although it also has the capacity to deal with household waste if required
Biffa development director Simon Allin said: Around 350,000 tonnes per annum of this type of waste now comes to our Westmill landfill. If we are successful with our energy recovery facility - which could become operational by 2014 this will mean much less waste going to landfill and, instead of being buried, being used to produce electricity.
The proposal is separate from the Hertfordshire domestic refuse contract, which firms are currently tendering for.
The energy production processes will be housed in an enclosed and environmentally controlled building. Waste delivered to a reception area will then be transferred to the combustion chamber on automated conveyors. The heat will then produce steam to power the electricity generators.