Plans for a 100,000 tonnes capacity materials recycling facility in Peterborough will help the council hit rates of more than 65 per cent.
Described as an integral part of the waste management plans, the council is also considering building an energy-from-waste plant on the current MRF site.
The citys existing MRF, accessed from Fourth Drove next to the proposed site, can handle up to 75,000 tonnes a year but has limited material storage. This means separated materials are stored outside.
The new facilities will extend an existing factory building to create a tipping hall for collection vehicles and enable under-cover materials storage.
Highest rates for UK
Council cabinet member for the environment Wayne Fitzgerald said: These plans for a new materials recycling facility are an important first step in our aim to raise recycling rates to over 65 per cent one of the highest targets in the country.
Once the plans are approved, we can begin negotiations for the design, construction and operation of the facility. Transferring our recycling operations to the new building will mean the existing MRF site will become available for the construction of an energy-from-waste plant, which will produce electricity and heat from non-recycled materials.