A public consultation on locations for future waste treatment plants has been launched by the West of England Waste Partnership.
The partnership has published draft plans outlining its preferred option for placing facilities which will handle 800,000 tonnes of waste a year.
Proposed sites are in north west Bristol, elsewhere in Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Keynsham and Yate.
The preferred option is a combination of small medium and large facilities sited to reflect population density. This would mean facilities in Weston-super-Mare, Keynsham (for Bath), Yate, north west Bristol (for Cleveland/Portishead) and other sites in Bristol. This option is preferred by the partnership because it is deliverable and offers choice to the commercial sector.
Other proposals include eight recovery facilities, handling 100,000 tonnes a year each or two large recovery facilities which could handle 400,000 tonnes each.
Technologies for the proposed sites are still to be decided because the partnership has applied for Government private finance initiative funding. Its outline business case was published in October 2008. If successful, bidders will be invited to propose technologies.
The consultation closes on the 12 March 2009.
Councils in the partnership are Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.