WORK is underway on a new multi-million pound waste treatment centre at Manvers.
Councillors gathered for a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of foundation work at the centre on Bolton Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, which will receive household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
The site will be run on behalf of BDR, a waste partnership between the three borough councils, and will deal with up 265,000 tonnes of waste each year by recycling it and turning some into fuel to generate electricity at a new plant in Pontefract.
Rotherham Cllr Richard Russell, chair of the BDR joint waste board, said he was delighted and very proud to be taking part in the ground breaking.
He added: "This is the end result of a innovative partnership working between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
"It is a massive milestone in this challenging project."
Also at the ceremony were Doncaster deputy mayor and cabinet member for waste and recycling Cllr Cynthia Ransome and Barnsley cabinet member for development, environment and culture Cllr May Noble.
Work on new access roads for the site began in Septmber and the plant is due to open in summer 2015.