The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility opened in Brooklyn Thursday. Credit: Sims Municipal Recycling
A new recycling facility opened in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on Thursday.
The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility will be the first of its kind in the five boroughs, with the capacity to process all of the city's curbside residential metal, glass and plastic recyclables.
The $110 million facility, with a $60 million investment from taxpayers, is located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and is a part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030 initiative to "green" the city.
The facility, located on an old police tow pound, can process up to 1,000 tons of recyclables a day. Metal, glass and plastic from all five boroughs will be sent there on barges, drastically reducing the miles sanitation trucks travel.
The facility is operated by Sims Municipal Recycling. It was partially constructed using recyclables, and the facility's construction includes solar power, reefs and sustainable stormwater management practices.