The Sims Municipal Recycling Facility will process discarded metals, plastic and glass while saving the city some of the money it currently spends shipping garbage out of the state, reports The New York Times.Metal, glass and plastic from the city’s five boroughs will be shipped via marine transportation to the facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. This will displace about 150,000 annual truck trips, according to the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility website.The development of the recycling facility was part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC2030 initiative to address waste management in the city.
New York City expanded its plastics recycling, beginning last April, as part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The city’s recycling now includes all rigid plastics, including items such as toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers.
The expansion was made possible, in part, through a partnership with Sims Municipal Recycling, a division of Sims Metal Management.
The recycling expansion is expected to result in more than 50,000 additional tons of waste a year no longer ending up in landfills.