Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has approved a new shredding facility next to Waterdale Transfer Station in Garston.
The decision for the site at Brookdell Yard on St Albans Road was made by HCC’s Development Control Committee at a meeting on November 15.
HCC, which purchased the land for £4.55million in 2021, hopes to build the facility in April 2024.
The shredding facility will process mixed municipal waste and bulky waste material to prevent it going to landfill.
The site is in the Metropolitan Green Belt so the application will be referred to the Secretary of State (SoS) to decide if it will be called in for a public inquiry.
If the application is called in, planning permission will not be awarded until the inquiry is complete and a report from the appointed planning inspector has been provided. They will also need to wait for a response from the SoS.
The response will determine whether permission for the facility has been awarded.
A spokesperson for HCC said: “We’re committed to creating a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire, and as part of that we want to reduce unnecessary journeys on our roads and minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill. By constructing a new building at the Waterdale Transfer Station, we can manage waste more effectively, reduce carbon emissions, reduce congestion on the immediate road network, and provide a more efficient service.
“If approved, the new building will include noise and odour control systems and will store larger, bulkier household items, such as mattresses or furniture that cannot be reused or recycled, for shredding on site so that the material can be sent to energy recovery facilities rather than sent to landfill.”