New Yorkers have quite a few gripes about the state of recycling in our city, but this week brought exciting news that is making us feel more optimistic. Mayor Bloomberg’s office announced that the city broke ground on a new recycling center that will minimize the amount of trucking between pickup and drop-off sites by more than 260,000 miles a year. The new Sims Municipal Recycling Facility which was designed by Selldorf Architectswill be located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and will serve as the principal processing facility for all of the city’s metal, glass, and plastic recyclables. The plan to open the center is a key part of PlaNYC, the city’s goal of improving air quality, cutting traffic and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Oh, and did we mention that the center will also create 100 new jobs for the area?

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The new, state-of-the-art facility which will be run by the NYC Department of Sanitation and its long time recycling partner Sims Metal Management will be located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park. Sunset Park was chosen because it’s removed from residential areas and offers excellent water access for barges as well as to rail lines.

“This recycling facility will reduce the distance that our collection trucks currently travel by more than 260,000 road miles each year by allowing recyclables to be delivered by barge,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “This will help advance two of the biggest goals of PlaNYC: cleaning the air we breathe and shrinking our city’s carbon footprint. The Sims recycling facility will also help us revive Brooklyn’s working waterfront.”

The new facility is expected to open in December 2011.

+ Read the Mayor’s Press Release

+ Selldorf Architects

+ Sims Metal Management