Designed to handle 300,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste, the ERF will provide in excess of 23MW to the National Grid – sufficient to power 32,000 homes. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2013 and will further increase landfill diversion in a county that already recycles over 44% of its waste.

Denis Gasquet, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environmental Services, said: “Our proposal contributes towards the County Council’s Waste to Resource project and its overall target of aiming towards Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020. We look forward to signing the contract with the County Council in due course and then developing a well-designed facility which complements the surrounding area.”

Staffordshire County Council, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Infrastructure, Robert Marshall added: 'The Waste to Resource project is all about prudent investment in the future. Veolia have had to make their case in an intensely competitive and demanding process and we believe the company has demonstrated the best value for the tax payer and top quality technological and environmental credentials.'