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History of Sims Municipal Recycling

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In 2003, Sims Metal Management expanded into curbside recycling in the United States. The company has since become a cornerstone of New York City's recycling system, processing and marketing the more than 200,000 tons of plastic, glass and metal that New Yorkers put into recycling bins each year.

Materials are received from City collection vehicles at Sims Metal Management facilities and then moved between facilities by barge to minimize truck traffic and air pollution within the City. The materials are sorted by commodity type, packaged and shipped to manufacturers as raw material for new products.

Recycling rates nationwide have more than doubled in the last 15 years to 31%, due to the efforts of companies like Sims, increased global demand for commodities, and ever growing public awareness of environmental issues. In Europe, where Sims Metal Management operates numerous recycling facilities, recycling programs are even more ambitious than in the United States, and the recovery rate is closer to 60%.

Moving forward, Sims Municipal Recycling will make use of its resources and build on its experience to bring efficient and effective curbside recycling services to other municipalities across the US.