VT Environmental Engineering (VTEE) has secured planning permission for an £80 million facility in Wakefield that will handle up to 240,000 tonnes of waste a year.
The company, which is part of the VT Group, won the contract for Wakefields £700 million, 25 year private finance initiative contract earlier this year.
The facility, planned to open in 2011, will be built at the South Kirkby Business Park and will include:
· A household waste recycling centre
· A visitor/education centre
· A green waste composting facility
· A materials recovery facility
· An autoclave plant
· An anaerobic digestion plant
VTEE managing director Dave Hobbs said: This facility will: increase recycling from 26% in 2007/8 to at least 52% by 2015; generate 2.5MW of energy; and divert approximately 85,000 tonnes of rubbish from landfill a year.
Wakefield Council Cabinet Member Clive Hudson said: Granting planning permission for the recycling park at the former South Kirkby site is a big step forward in enabling the council to deliver its municipal waste management strategy.