Sita UK has submitted a planning application to develop an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich as part of a £1bn waste PFI contract with Suffolk County Council.
The proposed facility will be large enough to treat 269,000 tonnes of residual waste, generating enough electricity to power 30,000 homes.
The application comes following, extensive engagement with residents and other stakeholder groups.
Sita UK project manager James Dowell said: ““Following months of developing our planning application and liaising very closely with local residents as part of our pre-application consultation programme we are very confident that energy-from-waste is the best option to make Suffolk an even greener county.”
The waste management company has been working with International architect Grimshaw, which has designed the facility to ensure the EfW facility fits well with its surroundings.
Suffolk County Council awarded Sita preferred bidder status in May 2010. Sita is investing £185m in the EfW plant, which could be up and running by late 2014 subject to planning consent.