Staffordshire County Councils Planning Committee has given its backing to plans for an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Four Ashes in the south of the county.
The new facility will generate enough energy for 24,000 homes and will be Staffordshires second plant.
It is part of Staffordshires push towards sending zero household waste to landfill and maximising recycling.
The council recently shortlisted five waste management companies to operate the facility: Covanta, German company MVVUmvelt Gmbh, Shanks Waste Management, Sita, and Veolia Environmental Services.
Staffordshire County Council leader John Taylor said: The new EfW operation will make a major contribution to driving down costs both to the tax payer and to the environment.
The Government has already given us £122.4 million to get the project moving because it will contribute significantly towards the UKs landfill reduction target and in tackling climate change too.
The costs of landfill are spiralling and we simply have to act now to protect Staffordshire tax payers its the precautionary principle in action.
Environmental consultancy Enviros Consulting said that it had played a fundamental role in gaining planning permission for the EfW facility. A statement put out by the firm said: Enviros has provided comprehensive design advice on all aspects of the facility, including engineering and process design, sustainability aspects, aesthetic and architectural input while minimising the potential environmental impacts. The final design will provide Staffordshire with a landmark facility designed to high standards that minimises potential environmental impacts.
Image: Staffordshire County Council leader John Taylor