After four years of planning, the Dagenham docks area is set to take its first significant step on the road to becoming a sustainable industrial park.
Barking and Dagenham Council regeneration manager Jo Sinclair said: "We are very close to signing a deal with a company who want to recycle food grade plastics. It's taken a long time to get to this stage, but I think it will be a case of when the first company comes in, all the rest will follow."
At present there is only an End of Life Vehicle plant on site, but it is hoped the plastics recycling contract, which should be signed in the next couple of weeks will be a catalyst.
The centrepiece of the three-acre site will be an Environmental Technology Resource Centre (ETRC) that will be a landmark facility dedicated to research and the commercial application of environmental technologies.
Sinclair added: "We are working closely with London Remade in delivering the ETRC. The facility will be used for initiating and piloting new schemes and ways of recycling."
Work on the infrastructure has been ongoing since 2001 and the whole park will be based around sustainable energy. There will be a special focus on green industries and looking at more sophisticated ways to deal with waste.