Proposals to build a recycling and recovery park by waste firm Sita UK in Dorset have been given the go ahead by the council.
Sita plan to build the facility at Binnegar Quarry, between Wareham and Bovington, which can recycle up to 122,000 tonnes of waste per year.
The waste will come from west and central Dorset, including Portland and Swanage. During the planning application residents expressed concern that the facility would increase traffic and noise pollution near their homes.
Area manager Michael Cox said: Sitas plans for a composting and recycling facility at Binnegar Quarry will play a key role in reducing the amount of material sent to landfill.
We recognise a number of concerns about traffic have been raised during the planning process and we will be working hard with local communities and other interested parties to address these wherever possible.
The waste firm will now be studying the planning approval in detail before setting out its planned timetable for development of the site.
Image: Binnegar Quarry