The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is the principal processing center for all of NYC's metal, glass and plastic recyclables. If you live in the five boroughs and recycle, the odds are this is where your discards come to be processed before being shipped out as raw material for re-manufacturing.
Located on an 11-acre waterfront pier in Sunset Park, the facility has received praise and awards for its design, by Selldorf Architects. The facility’s Education Center includes interactive exhibits and a viewing platform that allows visitors to see the vast processing system. Spend time on the spacious patio to see the lush bioswales and stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. With more than $25 million in sorting equipment and featuring NYC’s first commercial-scale wind turbine, this site boasts the most modern and sophisticated recycling facility in the US.
For Kids: Children can spend time in the Recycling Education Center, where the displays illustrate the why's and how's of NYC's recycling program. Hand-cranked conveyor belts, magnets, air jets, and scales will engage all age groups, from the very young to the young at heart.
Access Notes: As this is an active industrial site, closed toed shoes are recommended.
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