An energy from waste facility has been given approval by councillors in Bradford.
The facility from the consortium Pennine Resource Recovery will treat 193,000 tonnes of residual waste per year and generate enough energy to power 20,000 homes.
Pennine Resource Recovery is a consortium made up of Skanska, FCC Environment and AECOM.
Members of Bradford Council’s Regulatory Appeals Committee unanimously approved plans submitted by Pennine Resource Recovery for the facility that will first extract recyclable materials before sending the rest for energy recovery.
It will treat waste from both Bradford and Calderdale.
Pennine Resource Recovery project director Mark Tribe said: “Our project will bring great economic and environmental benefits to Bradford and Calderdale and we’re delighted councillors have recognised this.
“No matter how environmentally responsible we are, our society will always generate waste. The resource recovery facility will ensure we deal with waste in a sustainable way and avoid sending it to environmentally damaging and increasingly costly landfill sites.
“This decision is great news for Bradford and Calderdale. The scheme has been specifically designed for the area and we will be working very closely with local training and employment agencies to ensure that local people across both districts are able to benefit from the employment and training opportunities on offer.”
It is anticipated that construction will begin in spring 2013 at the Bowling Back Lane site where the council’s current waste transfer station stands.
It is expected that the facility will open in 2016.