Local authority The Highland Council has revealed plans to build a facility to produce refuse-derived fuel.
In a statement this week, the council said it had submitted a planning application to itself for a materials recovery facility, which will process up to 83,000 tonnes of waste per year.
The council’s website says the application was "received and validated" last week. It is due to be assessed over the "coming weeks" before the council’s South Area Planning Committee makes a decision.
RDF produced at the facility will taken to energy-from-waste plants "elsewhere in the UK", according to the council.
The statement also explains the move is part of the council’s "preferred interim arrangements" for meeting a ban on landfilling in Scotland, due in January 2021.
The council says it deals with about 140,000t/yr of waste of which it recycles 43% and sends the rest to landfill, a process costing it about £11m (€12.5m) a year.