Environment Minister Edwin Poots welcomed the new facility
A £6m organic waste treatment plant is set to open on the outskirts of west Belfast later on Monday.
The Glenside recycling facility, run by Natural World Products (NWP), will convert food and organic waste from our dinner tables into compost.
The plant will deal with waste from 11 councils, where households have already received new mini-bins for food waste.
NWP said the plant was one of Europe's most advanced recycling facilities and would create about 12 new jobs.
"This will position Northern Ireland favourably in meeting stringent recycling targets set by Europe," company director Caolan Woods said.