Work on the new Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is under way following the demolition of existing buildings on the site.
Clearing of the site marks the end of the first stage of construction of the new facility in Dickens Road, Wolverton, which has taken around three months to complete.
The park will use a combination of three state-of-the-art technologies – mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and advanced thermal treatment to treat ‘black sack’ waste collected from homes in the city.
Together, the technologies will increase the amount of recyclable materials which are removed from the waste – cutting the amount of rubbish sent to landfill to around 3 per cent.
Tom Coleman, operations director of AmeyCespa East, said: “This is another important milestone in the Milton Keynes Recovery Park project, as now we will start to see the new facility really take shape.
“It will make a huge difference to the amount of household waste being landfilled in the borough, reducing it by at least 95 per cent, as well as increasing the amount of material which is recycled and generating both financial and carbon savings.”
Construction of the new facility is due to be completed by January 2016. It will then go through commissioning and rigorous testing periods before it is fully operational in September 2016.
Councillor Mick Legg, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: “We are delighted with the progress that has been made on the new facility, particularly with the fact that work is on schedule.
“One of the most positive things about the work that has taken place is that 90 per cent of the waste from demolition has been reused on site or recovered for use elsewhere – for instance topsoil from the site is being used in the development of a new greyhound track at Towcester Racecourse.”