Alba Resource Recovery plans to use the technology at its new Fife plant. The company received planning permission for its 500,000-tonne-capacity plant at the end of last year and will build on a 400-hectare former opencast mine.
The Fibrecycle system takes mixed municipal solid waste and feeds it into a boiler. It breaks down household waste using an innovative steam treatment process that operates at about 1708C.
Recyclables are then removed using conventional methods, such as magnets. Plastic waste melts in the high temperature and can be collected to use again, while the remaining organic material can be used for land restoration and remediation projects.
Managing director Ken Morin said: It is the relative simplicity of the Fibrecycle process that leads us to believe that this is the future of recycling not just in Scotland but across the UK and we have been greatly encouraged by the demonstrations and the feedback received.
The plant is served by an existing rail link and Alba plans to build a materials recycling facility, a composting facility, an aggregate recycling facility and a residual landfill site at the former opencast mine site.