Highland Council has made a planning application to build a centralised MRF in Inverness, Scotland.
The council said that, at present, 57% of the 140,000 tonnes of waste produced each year in the area went to landfill at a cost of approximately £11m a year.
Building a MRF was the preferred option ahead of Scotland’s ban on landfill taking effect in January 2021.
Up to 83,000 tonnes of residual waste could be treated in the MRF and prepared for transport to incinerators elsewhere.
Allan Henderson, chair of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee, said: “The national legislation changes coming in on 1 January 2021 mean, like all other councils, we will not be allowed to landfill our biodegradable municipal waste.”