Sims Municipal Recycling has announced the official opening of the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in New York.
Unveiled on December 12, 2013 in Brookly, NY, the Sunset Park MRF will serve as the principal processing facility for all of New York City’s curbside residential metal, glass, and plastic recyclables as part of a long-term contract between Sims Municipal Recycling and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).
The $110-million facility has the capacity to process 1,000 tonnes of material a day, shipping sorted commodities to markets around the world. The buildings are made from 99 per cent recycled American-made steel, and were elevated by four feet using a blend of recycled glass and crushed stone from Second Avenue tunnelling operations.
The facility will utilize its waterfront location to transport the majority of recyclables via barge.
Tom Outerbridge, General Manager of Sims Municipal Recycling said, “The Sunset Park facility has been nearly 10 years in the making. We think the result is something everyone can be proud of. We look forward to being a vibrant part of this community, and to serving the entire city as it continues to build a world class recycling program.”
The new green facility will house one of the city’s largest solar applications (600kW),and a wind turbine (100kW) planned for 2014.
“Recycle, reuse, recycle, and re-use again — thanks to this facility that virtuous cycle can now expand to hundreds of products New Yorkers use by the thousands every day,” said
Deputy Mayor Holloway in a statement. “Before this year all of those products were waste that was buried in the ground. Now they will be part of a continuous cycle that will make New York City more sustainable for the long term.”