Sims Metal and City of New York Launch $110M Recycling Facility

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sims Metal Management, along with the New York City Department of Sanitation, has invested $110 million to create the largest recycling facility for NYC’s curbside residential metal, glass and plastic recyclables. The 11-acre complex has the capacity to process 1000 tons of material per day and will ship sorted items to markets worldwide.

The state of the art recycling facility marks the first time in history that the city of New York has a facility located in the five boroughs that can process and recycle all of its metal, glass and plastic. The facility constitutes a vital part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan that will help to eliminate more than 150,000 annual truck trips from city streets.

Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz noted that the new Sims municipal recycling facility is a sustainably built, job-creating hub for the city’s recycling efforts on Brooklyn’s vibrant waterfront. The president of Sims North America Metals business unit, Bob Kelman, expects that the new plant will dramatically enhance the recycling efforts of NYC.

The unveiling of the new Sims plant by NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg adds to the recent launch and success of a number recycling initiatives in the city. These include the expansion program to include all rigid plastics, putting up 4,000 new recycling containers on city streets over the next two years, developing the first wide-scale curbside organics collection program serving city schools, agencies and low and high-rise residential buildings, and a program for electronic waste.

Together with these efforts, the launching of the Sims facility will enable the city to increase the amount of metal, glass and plastics recycled in NYC by 50 percent over the next five years. Mayor Bloomberg said that with this facility New Yorkers can now recycle all rigid plastics. The facility will also allow thousands of school children to visit and learn how to recycle.

Source: NYREJ; Recycling International

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