Telford & Wrekin Council has yet to form any views on Sita UKs proposals to build an energy from waste (EfW) plant in its region.
If plans go ahead, the EfW facility will be built at the Granville site and will be a joint initiative between Sita and technology providers Cyclerval UK.
The application has yet to be made but Sita has outlined its plans to Telford & Wrekin councillors.
Cabinet Member for Environment councillor Steve Bentley said: While no application has yet been made, any interest in establishing an EfW facility will be looked at in terms of its merits and implications for the borough. We are also very keen that the whole issue of waste disposal is opened for consultation with the community at this very early stage.
As councils throughout the UK are facing ever-increasing pressures to reduce landfill, and indeed, rising Government charges, the issue of how we do this is a real challenge. Each year Telford & Wrekin Council has to dispose of around 600,000 tonnes of household waste that is increasing each year and we are working hard to increase the recycling rate, which is now almost 35%. However, despite this good effort, the Council will need to deal with its residual waste, but how this is to be done has yet to be decided.
Sita general manager Geriant Rees added: We are keen to help Telford & Wrekin to develop more sustainable ways of dealing with domestic waste.
The proposed EfW plant would not only provide a long-term facility for treating residual waste following recycling, but also has the potential to support local businesses and secure jobs by providing affordable and reliable heat and power.
Image: Artist impression of EfW facility at Granville site