Waste Recycling Group has submitted proposals to Bedfordshire County Council to build a £120 million energy-from-waste plant to be built at the former Brogborough landfill site.
The EfW plant will handle household waste arisings from Bedfordshire and Luton.
WRG business development director Andy Ryan said: Our estimates show a need for up to 180,000 tonnes of annual household waste treatment capacity within the Bedfordshire and Luton area, after allowance has been made for recycling and composting. The reception area of the former landfill site at Brogborough was identified as one of the leading potential sites for the location of such a plant by Bedfordshire County Council.
WRG intends to work on the proposals in the next few months and make a planning application later in the year.
Ryan said: The submission we have now made to Bedfordshires planners is the first stage of this process.