Sims Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility
Brooklyn, New York
The Sims Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility is a processing center for New York City’s glass, metal, and plastic recyclables which is being undertaken by Sims Municipal Recycling and the City of New York. Selldorf designed the 11 acre master plan which devotes 36% of the site to greenspace and creates distinct circulation systems to safely separate visitors from the truck delivery route. The 125,000 sf facility includes a Tipping Building, where recyclables arrive by barge; a Processing Building; a Bale Storage Building; and a Visitor Center and Administration Building, where students and the public can both view and learn more about recycling. The facility will make a major environmental contribution to New York City
by allowing recyclables to be delivered by barge—a strategy which minimizes the distance collection trucks must travel and eliminates 260,000 miles of annual vehicle travel from City roadways. Other sustainable strategies being implemented include the largest application of photovoltaics in New York City, a wind turbine which generates 25% of the Facility’s power, and bioswales for runoff filtration. Recycled materials are used throughout: site fill is made from a composite of recycled glass, asphalt, and rock reclaimed from the Second Avenue subway construction; metal buildings are 98% recycled steel; and visitor plazas are finished with recycled glass.