Sims opens mega MRF in Brooklyn

Sims opens mega MRF in Brooklyn

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Dec. 12, 2013

Sims Municipal Recycling has opened its much-publicized, $110 million container MRF in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, New York.

The facility, which The New York Times called "a grace note for a gritty business" in a recent architecture review, will handle New York City's curbside recycling haul, taking in all of the city's residential metal, glass and plastic recyclables. It has a capacity of 1,000 tons per day.

A Sims representative confirmed that the Sunset Park MRF will also receive some of the city's paper recyclables. Fifty percent of the fiber collected in New York City will head to Visy's paper mill located on Staten Island and the other half will go to Sims sites in the region, including Sunset Park, the Sims representative said.

The MRF, which was jointly funded by Sims and the City, has also grabbed attention for its large array of rooftop solar panels and its on-pier location that will enable materials to be transported by barge and cut down on truck mileage.

Sims Municipal Recycling is a division of publicly traded Sims Metal Management.

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