Sustainability And Design Tour of Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility - Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, New York

Sustainability And Design Tour of Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility

The five boroughs' curbside recycling processing plant is also the most modern and sophisticated facility of its kind in the U.S.

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, odds are this is where your discards come to be processed before being shipped out as raw material for remanufacturing.

The tour will focus on the facility’s sustainable design features, including renewable energy generation, on-site storm water treatment, and use of maritime transportation.

Located on an 11-acre waterfront pier in Sunset Park, the facility has received awards and praise for its design, created 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.


  • Admission is $20 for adults / $15 for children under 12.
  • A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Environmental Defense Fund.
  • Tour will begin in the reception of the Recycling Education Center, located at the end of 29th Street. Follow the wind turbine!
  • As this is an active industrial site, closed toed shoes are recommended.
  • Wheelchair accessible.


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