Veolia will now apply to the authority for planning permission.
Keith McGurk, Veolia’s East Region Director said: “Following Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet decision today we now have the go-ahead to prepare a planning application to build an Energy Recovery Facility on an industrial site off Ratty’s Lane in Hoddesdon.
“The facility will treat all of Hertfordshire’s residual domestic waste, creating sufficient low carbon energy to power up to 69,000 Hertfordshire homes and will create three hundred jobs during construction and forty permanent roles.
“We firmly believe that this Energy Recovery Facility is the best economic and environmental solution for Hertfordshire, as it will both save money and maximise landfill diversion. This approach will also ensure local delivery and long-term security, whilst allowing the waste collection and disposal authorities to maximise recycling and composting.
“As part of the preparation of the planning application we will consult with local people to gain their views and keep them up to date with our plans for the site which will make a significant contribution to the local economy.”