Planning officers from Gloucestershire County Council have recommended that a proposed energy from waste plant from Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) be given the go-ahead.
Ahead of a meeting by Gloucestershire councillors on the planning committee next week, planning officials have published a report on the facility that recommends it is given planning approval.
UBB is planning to build a 17.5MW facility that will handle 190,000 tonnes of waste per year, predominantly from Gloucestershire household waste collections.
Apart from the main energy from waste facility, it is planned that the site will also contain a bottom ash recycling facility.
It will be situated on Javelin Park, which is close to Junction 12 of the M5 motorway.
Speaking to the Stroud Life newspaper, UBB project director Javier Peiro said: “The proposed energy from waste facility at Javelin Park has been developed to support the county council’s aspirations of recycling or composting 70 per cent of its municipal waste.
“Anything left after recycling and composting still accounts for many thousands of tonnes of waste, which needs to be dealt with. Through municipal and commercial sources, more waste is being generated in the county than this facility has capacity to treat.
“The council is doing the right thing in taking responsibility for the waste generated in Gloucestershire rather than transporting it out of the county at higher environmental and economic cost.
“The facility will divert up to 92 per cent of waste from landfill while creating enough power for 25,000 homes.”