The Department of Sanitation officially opened its massive recycling center in Brooklyn on Thursday.
Praising the center as the single largest expansion of the city's recycling program in 25 years, city officials marked the opening of the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility with a ribbon cutting.
The center will be the main processing center for materials collected through the city's residential recycling program.
The new building will be the main processing center for residential curbside recycling and will have a solar panel array to help generate power.
The $110 million facility is a model officials say can be replicated.
"This facility is part of a comprehensive plan that includes four marine transfer stations, a facility on 59th Street,” Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said. “And you can show that every borough is gonna contribute in a major way to dealing with its own waste and when you can show that, then it becomes possible to explain to all of the communities that are impacted by this that they're not doing it alone and they're not doing it on behalf of everybody else."
While the center will process all the city's metal, glass and plastics, paper will still be sent to Staten Island.