More than double the size of the previous facility, it will also help council meet its commitments to sustainability and protecting the environment.
Alderman Noel Williams was among a group of councillors from Carrickfergus who inspected the location to see what users can expect.
He said: “The general public started using the HRC on Monday 16 May and feedback has been extremely positive, as it ought to be with this state-of-the-art facility.
“The waste transfer station (which is where refuse Lorries off load their contents before transferring onwards for disposal) will be completed shortly.
“The facility is free to householders while appropriate charges apply to commercial users.”