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See What's It Like to Go Through A Recyclable Sorting Machine


A first-person view of what it's like to pass through a recyclable sorting machine.

Business Insider put a GoPro camera into a recyclable sorting machine at the new Sims Municipal Recycling Facility in Sunset Park, Queens. The result is a short, entertaining video of the camera being tossed around and passed through varying stages of the process. 

As we reported in December, the $110-million facility will be the primary processing facility for the city’s residential curbside recycling.

The city and the Chicago-based Sims Municipal Recycling division of Sims Metal have invested $110 million in the facility, which has the capacity to process 1,000 tons of metal, glass and plastic recycling as part of a long-term contract between Sims and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), according to a news release.

Also instrumental in development of the Sunset Park MRF, which Sims and the city claim is the largest facility of its kind in the country, were the New York City Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Department of Small Business Services.

The 11-acre facility was made with 99-percent recycled steel and built on an elevation of four feet of recycled glass and crushed stone.

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