Essex County Council has launched a review of its commercial waste processing capacity.
In a joint plan with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the authority has proposed 19 sites across the county for development of facilities including recycling plants.
Around 80% of the waste material produced and disposed of across Essex annually comes from building sites, businesses, restaurants and hospitals, and it is this waste which would be handled at the proposed plants.
No new sites are planned for household waste, which accounts for approximately 20% of the area’s waste.
The six-week consultation will run until 16 February and gives residents the opportunity to comment on key aspects of the plan. The plan is expected to be adopted by July.
Mick Page, deputy cabinet member for planning and rural affairs at Essex council, said: “The allocation of sites across Essex is important as it provides communities and the waste industry with certainty about where waste will go and how it can be treated.”
Mark Flewitt, executive councillor for housing, planning and public protection services at Southend-on-Sea council, said: “Ensuring that we have long-term plans for how we process waste efficiently, and in a way that is kind to the environment, is a key priority for the council and its partners.”