MRF tours are free of charge and given on an appointment basis. The tour educates participants on the recycling process in Westchester. Groups are taken to an observation tower to view machinery that separate, sort and prepare materials to be sold to third party manufacturers. The manufacturers recycle the materials into new end products. From the tower, viewers can also see the tipping floor, where truckloads of recyclables are delivered and dropped off. A brief presentation and educational video is shown to explain the purpose and benefits of recycling.
Tours are given to students and persons of all age groups and typically last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Teachers - when planning your tour, please make certain that you have adequate supervision for the children in your group. The MRF is a working garbage transfer station and recycling center and safety is always a primary concern.
The MRF is located in Yonkers; Exit 6A/Stew Leonard Drive off the NYS Thruway/Interstate 87, just opposite Home Depot and Stew Leonard's. It is a busy transfer station that is closed to the public - except for pre-scheduled group tours.
MRF tours are available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 pm, except on county holidays. Groups are encouraged to visit the MRF in the morning, when the facility is most active. (Depending on staff availability, tour hours can at times be extended until 3:30 to accommodate after school groups.)