Backing a trash-laden vehicle through the dust and debris is on its way out, and recycling is on its way in at the Salt Lake Valley Landfill with the Tuesday groundbreaking of a new unloading facility.

The million-dollar facility is being paid for with money from a landfill reserve fund of accumulated tipping fees. It is expected to be open to the public in January.Once finished, the unloading facility will allow landfill visitors to drive to a paved unloading station away from the dust and hazards of the edge of the landfill where commercial trucks and heavy equipment are working.

Recycling bins are a major feature of the new unloading station. The bins will be set up to recyclable items like glass, newspaper, metals, grass clippings and hard-to-dispose-of items like old car batteries and motor oil.