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Getting to Zero: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility

Open House New York

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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OHNY Member Ticket
OHNY Members at the Friend level may reserve one ticket and members at the Dual, Associate, and Donor levels may reserve up to two tickets.
Ended $10.00 $0.00
General Admission Ended $20.00 $0.00

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Getting to Zero: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility

Photo by Ben Helmer 

Located on an 11-acre waterfront pier, this new recycling center has received widespread praise and multiple awards for its design by Selldorf Architects since opening in 2013. The facility, made almost entirely from recycled steel, was built with the public in mind, and features an Education Center with interactive exhibits and a viewing platform that allows visitors to see the vast processing system, which features more than $25 million in state of the art equipment.

Today, the Sunset Park MRF (pronounced “merf”) processes the majority of the city’s commingled curbside material—more than 18,000 tons of metal, glass and plastic collected by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) each month. Most inbound material arrives by barge from Sims facilities in Queens and the Bronx, removing an estimated 240,000 DSNY collection truck miles per year from city roadways (material from Brooklyn arrives directly in DSNY collection trucks).

Join us for a tour with experts from Sims Municipal Recycling to see for yourself how this stunning marine transfer station serves as another clear illustration of how good design can turn infrastructure into a local asset.



Reservations are required as space is limited. $10 OHNY Members / $20 General Admission

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Please note: This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Getting to Zero
 is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts


Tickets to this event are non-refundable. Should you or any of the members of your team be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a fully tax-deductible contribution to Open House New York.

Have questions about Getting to Zero: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility? Contact Open House New York

When & Where

Sims Sunset Park MRF
472 2nd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Open House New York

Open House New York (OHNY) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of OHNY is to promote a greater appreciation of the city’s built environment; broaden public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educate and inspire discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcase outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit. 

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