After more than a decade of planning and development, the city of Seattle's new South Transfer Station is open to the public.
The new state of the art facility is located near the old facility at 130 South Kenyon Street. The $76 million project serves as a place for customers to drop off everything from trash to recycling and yard waste.
The facility is a far cry from your typical garbage dump. It includes a larger area is designed to accept several different types of waste. It includes an automated weigh and pay station and some of the world's largest trash compactors.
"It’s not your grandfather’s garbage stream anymore," said Tim Croll, Solid Waste director for Seattle.
SPU says construction was over budget by about $1.7 million, but Croll says the new energy efficient building is a cost saving measure.
Recent numbers show recycling among single families is on the rise. Seattleites now recycle 70 percent of their waste and throw away less trash -- from 351, 689 tons in 2009 to 319,000 in 2011.
Learn more about where you can recycle products in your area.