The plans were developed in response to Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils' request for alternative and sustainable waste treatment over the next 25 years.
The plant will occupy a redundant brownfield site. It is designed to handle 200,000 to 230,000 tonnes of waste and will include a mechanical biological treatment facility.
Viridor stressed that it intends to manufacture solid recovered fuel for use at a purpose-built power station in Runcorn rather than using incineration as a means of processing the waste.
Development manager Symon Gatsby maintained: "We are confident that our plans put forward a robust and sustainable waste solution for Cheshire."
He added: "We have deliberately excluded the combustion of waste and believe that by using the consented Runcorn power plant and rail service, we can provide an excellent solution to meet Cheshire's waste needs."