Plans to develop a £20 million recycling park in Gillmoss, Liverpool have been unveiled by the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA).
The proposed park would be built on a 22-acre site in Stonebridge Lane, Gillmoss, which is owned by MWDA. The authority already runs a waste transfer station there.
Facilities will include a 100,000 tonne a year materials recycling facility, which will sort glass, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans and paper.
Future proposals for the site also include taking kitchen waste, which would be processed in an enclosed composting facility.
The plans are part of the MWDAs £3bn private finance initiative long-term waste management programme.
Director Carl Beer said: Merseyside homes are producing too much waste and we have got to find new ways of dealing with it.
Doing nothing is not an option and could ultimately cost the regions tax payers up to £400 million. The Gillmoss development will be a vital part of the overall solution. We are currently looking at options for other waste disposal facilities elsewhere to complete the jigsaw.
Before it submits its planning application the MWDA will hold public consultations and send out 19,000 newsletters to inform local people about its plans. If approved the park would be operational by 2010.