Bristol City Council has granted planning permission to SITA to build the UK’s first waste plastic to diesel conversion plant.
Technology will be used to break down 6,000 tonnes of low grade plastics such as yoghurt pots and meat trays into 4.2 million litres of diesel.
A gasification plant will also be built on the site to deal with residual waste and a new materials recycling facility will extract 80,000 tonnes of recyclables such as cans and plastic bottles.
SITA UK planning manager Gareth Phillips said: “This is a landmark decision which will put Avonmouth at the forefront of the very latest in resource management technology and bring new jobs to the area.
“Our plans to construct a Bristol Resource Recovery Park, that will extract energy and value from waste, and reduce the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill, are now being advanced and will bring benefits to the environment and the local economy.”