Visit the Recycling Education Center in Brooklyn

Our popular education programs are tailored to elementary, middle, and high school groups. Younger visitors will enjoy an interactive presentation, watch videos, interact with magnets, scales, air compressors, and conveyors in the activity center, and go to an overlook where they will see the machines and people that sort NYC’s recyclables.

Additional tour dates are available for Title I, DPHO, and Zero Waste DOE public schools.

Timing: 90 – 120 minutes

Group size: 15-35

Lunch room available on-site

Cost: Free!

We tailor tours for a wide range of classes and groups with focuses on: environmental education, urban planning, architecture, anthropology, economics, engineering, product design, and more.

Are you an individual, small group, or family interested in a tour? We offer an open tour each month, as well as periodic public events. Sign up on our scheduling page below.

Typical tour length: 60-90 minutes

Group size: 10+

Recycling Education Center (REC) in New York

Visit Our Recycling Education Center in Brooklyn

Interested in seeing what actually happens to recyclables beyond the bin?

View the largest sorting system of its kind in the country from an elevated observation deck and bridge overlook. Discover the expansive system of equipment which sorts hundreds of tons of metal, glass, and plastic each day. Explore the 8,000 square foot Recycling Education Center with interactive displays, engaging activities, and informational videos. The REC includes a theater, lunch space, and outdoor patio with views of the NYC skyline. See sustainability in action with the city’s only commercial-scale wind turbine, native plants, stormwater management, and marine habitats.

The Recycling Education Center is open Monday-Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, by appointment only.

We offer a range of tour options for school groups, adult groups, and individuals through our online calendar. Due to popularity, booking 2 to 3 months ahead is recommended. Wheel-chair accessible, parking available on-site.

All tours are guided by a Sims recycling expert and include the opportunity for extensive Q&A.

Schools, Community Events, Private Tours

Interested in learning more about recycling? Contact us today to schedule a visit for your school, summer camp or community event.

Typical tour length 60 to 90 minutes

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