The Rotherham plant will process 100,000 tonnes of mixed household and light commercial waste a year, although the company has yet to sign contracts.
Autoclaving uses steam and elevated pressure to sterilise waste and reduce its volume by 60%-80%. It separates recyclates, leaving an organic fibre and stabilised waste suitable for landfill (ENDS Report 375, pp 20-21 ).
Sterecycle intends to build at least five plants in the UK over the next three years.
The announcement follows news that Graphite Resources has started work on a £30 million, 300,000-tonne capacity merchant facility in Derwenthaugh, which it plans to have operational by January 2009.
It too is planning another plant. On 21 September, it submitted a planning application to the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland for a 400,000 tonne capacity merchant site on Teesside.