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NYC Starts Construction of Next Generation Recycling Facility in Brooklyn

November 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments

NYC, in partnership with Sims Metal Management, has started construction of a modern $80 million recycling plant. NYC new recycling facility Brooklyn.

NYC Sunset Park Recycling Plant

The 100,000-square-foot Sims Municipal Recycling Facility is being built at the northernmost pier of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a place that’s far removed from residential areas. The location was selected to help stimulate the New York waterfront economy as well as to reduce the number of truck hours currently required to transport solid waste from various collection points.

When completed in December 2011, the facility will be able to directly accept deliveries from barges. New York City has an existing partnership since 2004 with Sims Metal Management, the builder of the facility, to manage the city’s metal, glass, plastic, and paper waste.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a press statement announcing the groundbreaking at the new $80 million recycling plant, said:

This recycling facility will reduce the distance that our collection trucks currently travel by more than 260,000 road miles each year by allowing recyclables to be delivered by barge. This will help advance two of the biggest goals of PlaNYC: cleaning the air we breathe and shrinking our city’s carbon footprint. The Sims recycling facility will also help us revive Brooklyn’s working waterfront.

Environmental Quality: The new Sims facility is expected to help reduce further the volume of solid waste that the city currently recycles or landfills. It will also utilize green technologies such as green roofs, renewable energy production, on-site stormwater treatment, and clean fuels to help improve the city’s air quality and reduce its own carbon footprint.According to Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters:

This facility will play a key role in helping New York City solve one of its most complex environmental challenges. Not only will it lead to less air pollution and less road congestion, there will be less waste going to landfills and taxpayers will save money too.

Recycling Education: Another unique feature of the Sims facility is its Visitor Education Center which is designed to proactively provide education and instruction to the public about the processes and benefits of recycling.

Reduced Truck Traffic: The current system to transport recyclables from pick-up and collection points to recycling facilities include a network of collection trucks running hundreds of thousands of miles across the city. The projected increase in barge (carrying recyclables) traffic when the Sims plant starts to operate is expected to reduce the truck traffic by more than 260,000 road miles.

Jobs Creation:
The Sims Municipal Recycling Facility is also expected to create an estimated 100 permanent jobs at “all skill levels” when it becomes full operational next year. According to Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (representing the 12th congressional district):

The new center will not only serve as a resource for the community, it will decrease truck traffic, promote energy efficiency, reduce pollution by utilizing a network of marine and rail transfer stations, and it will bring jobs to Sunset Park. It’s a win, win.

In the past, we wrote about New York City’s creative textile recycling program and the growing rooftop farming projects there which, in my opinion, affirm NYC’s status as the greenest city in America. This latest recycling news is one more proof of this mega city’s readiness to face the challenges in the years ahead.

Photo: Sims Metal Management

Tags: Recycling

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 computer recycling // Nov 11, 2010 at 3:16 am

    The use of barges should prove very effective, there are unused canals in many places – perhaps we might start to see a resurgence in thier use.

  • 2 IT Recycling // Nov 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I think a great amount of thought is going into setting up these facilities and that is encouraging.

  • 3 Eddie // Dec 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    This is really cool! Look forward to it!