On the 17th day of Archtober, we are honoring the Sims Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility.
This facility is the principal processing center for recycling in New York City. Located in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the facility was designed by Selldorf Architects. The recycling facility is 11 acres and has 36 percent greenspace. The building has 125,000 square feet and includes a tipping building, a processing building, bale storage, administration building and visitor center.
One of the benefits of this new center is that it will minimize the amount of trucking between pickup and drop-off sites by more than 260,000 miles a year. Metal, glass, and plastic recyclables will be processed here. The construction of Sims Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility is a part of the PlaNYC project. The PlaNYC project was started in 2007 under Mayor Bloomberg in order to prepare the city for 1 million more residents and make the city more green. To make this project a reality, 25 different city agencies came together in order to make the city more green and enhance the quality of life for New Yorkers.
The Sunset Park Area was chosen for this facility because it is far from residential areas, has access to rail lines and has water access for barrages. In the facility there is also an educational center that teaches students and the public about recycling and lets them experience it first hand. It cost approximately $80 million to build the Sims Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility and has created over 100 new jobs in the area. The facility is run by the New City Department of Sanitation and Sims Metal Management. It is the hope of Mayor Bloomberg this and other city projects will help revive Brooklyn’s working waterfront.
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(all images via Selldorf Architects)