A first of its kind complex materials recycling/mechanical heat treatment plant opened in Huyton, Merseyside last week.
The technology is a prototype facility testing new systems for treating waste. It is the fifth project in the Governments National Technology Demonstrator Programme to launch.
The plant will be managed by partners the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Orchid Environmental.
MWDA director Carl Beer said: This is a unique demonstration project and we are confident it will prove to be an invaluable part of the overall solution. The entire waste management industry is eagerly awaiting the results.
Of the three plants in the programme still to open, the gasification plant managed by Waste Gas Technology on the Isle of Wight is expected to become operational this month, while programme consultants Wastetech said it hoped the Scarborough Power pyrolysis plant would open later this year.
A start up date for the last plant in the project, the Avonmouth Renewable Energy Plant, which combines pyrolysis and gasification and is sited in Bristol, is yet to be announced.
However, a project which withdrew from the programme, the Novera gasification plant in Dagenham has announced it is close to finalising contracts for its £25 million plant.
Image: Left to right MWDA consultant and plant manager Andy Gilbert, MWDA chairman councillor Kevin Cluskey and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management president Hugh Hoather at the plant opening