A new recycling and waste treatment park in Newport has moved a step closer, after a variation of a permit for the site was granted.

The Forest Road plan is part of the council’s aim to divert 90 per cent of waste away from landfill and recycle 55 per cent of household waste by 2020.

The plant will sort through black bags and convert up to 44,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste to fuel a part of the site.

One up and running, that’s expected to produce 23,000 megawatt hours of energy every year – that’s enough to power around 7 homes.

Paper and card will be taken to paper mills and food will be broken down for biogas.

The new facility at Forest Road will be owned by the council and will be operated by Amey.