A new recycling plant in the Calgary area is now open for business.

The 122,000 square-foot facility in Rocky View County is now one of three in Alberta.

BFI Canada's Joe Rajotte says the new plant should drastically reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

"We process about 30,000 tonnes of material today, but now we have capacity to upwards of 100,000 tonnes with this new facility so we're very excited," Rajotte said.

Environment Minister Diana McQueen says the new facility will help with the province's Too Good To Waste program, which aims to divert 80 per cent of our garbage from landfill.