The facility would reduce the need for landfill sites
Plans to build a £120m electricity plant on Teesside that turns waste into energy have been unveiled.
Sita UK has submitted plans to Stockton Borough Council to build the facility at the Haverton Hill Industrial Estate. It would create 40 jobs.
The new facility, the North East Energy Recovery Centre (NEERC), would manage up to 256,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste each year.
The firm plans to build it next to its waste management site in Billingham.
Graham Ingleson, general manager for Sita on Teesside, said the facility would produce environmentally-friendly energy.
He said: "It will provide hundreds of jobs during construction and around 40 new full-time skilled jobs will be created to operate the centre.
"The NEERC is an example of a new generation of facility that will produce renewable energy and reduce the need for landfill in the region.
"It will produce sufficient electricity each year to power a town the size of Hartlepool and also provide heat that can be piped to local industries, helping to reduce their energy needs and reduce the use of fossil fuels."