If approved, the new facility – due to be built on an existing site on Dickens Road in Old Wolverton – will give Milton Keynes Council a significant saving on its current waste management bill and help reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill.
Combined with Milton Keynes Council’s existing recycling schemes, the new facility will mean that only around 2% of the borough’s waste will be sent to landfill.
The planning and environmental permit applications for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park have been submitted by established UK waste contractor AmeyCespa and follow six months of consultation and community liaison across the borough.
The plant will become operational in 2016 if councillors give the scheme the go-ahead. The Environment Agency has begun a validation process for the facility’s environmental permit.
Project manager Andrew Cousins said: “The new facility will utilise the most up-to-date and cost-effective technologies to deal with the borough’s waste.
"It will make the most of people’s everyday rubbish, ensuring as much is recycled as economically possible as well as generating renewable energy and creating electricity from waste which would otherwise have gone to landfill.
“This in turn creates a saving for the council and ultimately Milton Keynes taxpayers.”
Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will use a combination of mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and Advanced Thermal Treatment technology. Together, they will increase the amount of recyclable materials which are removed from the waste, in turn cutting the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
Kerbside recycling schemes provided by Milton Keynes Council will continue and will not be affected by the proposals.