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recycling facilities
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Recycling Facilities

The recycling facilities where NYC's materials are sorted or processed do not belong to the Department of Sanitation; we contract with outside vendors to handle the recyclables we collect from New York City residents and institutions.

  • Pratt Industries USA/Visy Corporation leaving NYCWasteLess holds educational tours of their paper recycling mill on Staten Island during the school year for groups of children over the age of 13. This mill was built to handle about half of the recyclable paper collected by DSNY. To arrange for a tour, contact Barbara Farley at (718) 355-6710 or email at least two weeks in advance.
  • Sims Metal Management Municipal Recycling leaving NYCWasteLess built a new facility in Brooklyn to process recyclables under our long-term contract for metal, glass, and plastic. Their new facility will eventually include a visitor's center designed specifically for educational tours.

Also check out our other resources on the recycling process: see recycling videos to go on a virtual tour of a recycling plant; find out what happens to recyclables.

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Fresh Kills

The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island closed in 2001, and is no longer operational; tours of the Sanitation facility are no longer available. However, the Parks Department now offers tours of the Freshkills Park leaving NYCWasteLess site, explaining their plans to turn the 2,200-acre area into a public park over the next 30 years.

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Other Environmental Field Trips
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Alley Pond Environmental Center leaving NYCWasteLess 
American Museum of Natural History leaving NYCWasteLess 
Are We There Yet? leaving NYCWasteLess 
Bronx Zoo leaving NYCWasteLess 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden leaving NYCWasteLess 
Brooklyn Children's Museum leaving NYCWasteLess
Central Park Conservancy leaving NYCWasteLess 
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center leaving NYCWasteLess
City Parks Foundation leaving NYCWasteLess
Gateway National Recreation Area leaving NYCWasteLess
The High Line leaving NYCWasteLess
Hudson River Park Trust leaving NYCWasteLess
Jamaica Bay leaving NYCWasteLess 
The New York Botanical Garden leaving NYCWasteLess
NY City Dept of Environmental Protection leaving NYCWasteLess
NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation leaving NYCWasteLess 
New York Hall of Science leaving NYCWasteLess
New York Restoration Project leaving NYCWasteLess 
Prospect Park Alliance leaving NYCWasteLess
Queens Botanical Garden leaving NYCWasteLess
The River Project leaving NYCWasteLess
Riverside Park leaving NYCWasteLess
Solar One leaving NYCWasteLess 
Snug Harbor Cultural Center leaving NYCWasteLess
Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy leaving NYCWasteLess
Urban Park Rangers: Natural Classroom leaving NYCWasteLess
Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Enviro Ed leaving NYCWasteLess
Wildlife Conservation Society leaving NYCWasteLess
Wave Hill leaving NYCWasteLess 

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