The Big Sort: An Insider’s Tour Of A Recycling Plant

Every day at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, roughly 800 tons of recyclables meander through a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. Mountains of discarded metals, glass, and plastic are sifted, sorted, and bundled into bails, eventually transforming into marketable commodities.


Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
Additional Stills and Video by
Chittenden Solid Waste District – C.C. BY-NC 3.0
NY City Lens – C.C. BY-NC 3.0
Sims Recycling

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