A new mechanical biological treatment facility will be built in Basildon by Urbaser Balfour Beatty after Essex County Council granted planning permission.
It will deal with waste thrown away by households in Essex and Southend and will produce output that can be recycled with any residual material being sent to landfill or to generate a solid recovered fuel.
Urbaser Balfour Beatty project director Richard Lancaster said: “We are thrilled to have been given planning approval to start works on the site.
“Preparations have now begun and construction will now start in the spring. This is an important project for Essex and Southend and will bring both economic and environmental benefits to the area.”
Construction is expected to take sixteen months to complete for the facility that will take residual waste from residents and treat it through various stages to separate the recyclable waste such as metals, plastics and paper.