Two sites in Cornwall look set to become the preferred sites for a new waste and recycling centre.
Villagers in Scorrier and Hallenbeagle object to the plans
If the county council support the sites at Scorrier and Hallenbeagle, the plans will be submitted to the government.
Cornwall has to increase its recycling capacity and improve waste management to meet European and national targets.
The council wants a household waste and recycling centre and a transfer station to take rubbish to the proposed new incinerator in St Denis.
An application for planning permission for the incinerator, run by Sita UK, is expected to be submitted within the year and could be in operation by 2011.
The council's executive committee will be told on Wednesday that the Scorrier and Hallenbeagle sites are the best options, despite opposition from some residents in both villages.
If councillors approve the preferred sites the plans will be put to the Secretary of State for consideration, followed by a six-week local consultation.