Veolia Environmental Services has been granted a permit by the Environment Agency to operate its proposed recycling and energy recovery facility at New Barnfield, Hatfield.
The 26MW facility will have the overall capacity to process 380,000 tonnes of waste and will make a major contribution towards the delivery of ambitious targets for more sustainable waste management in Hertfordshire.
Veolia Environmental Services regional director Keith McGurk said: “The decision to grant our permit recognises that this facility is a crucial part of Hertfordshire’s strategy to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill – a response to both cost and environmental pressures.
“Waste is a valuable resource and energy from waste facilities have a critical role to play.”
The development of the facility is subject to planning permission, which will be considered by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry in September.