Check here often for updates on the upcoming move of the Downtown Birmingham Recycling Center to its new home at 4350 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222 where it will be renamed the Community Recycling & Resource Center.


AEC hosted a one-day Recycling & Waste Reduction Summit at Beloved Community Church in Avondale. Serving as both a reception and celebration of the upcoming move, AEC co-hosted the Summit Soiree with the Alabama Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Soiree featured live music, food, and beverages, as well as the first opportunity for the public to dropoff glass for recycling. Unfortunately, we won't be able to accept glass again from the public until the move.

As of May, almost 1,600 people have responded to the Alabama Solar Knowledge (ASK) Project public opinion survey. (And if you are not among the respondents, you can correct that omission with just a few minutes of your time here!)

Mirroring national survey results, Alabamians want renewable energy such as solar and wind, hands-down. When asked, “Of the energy sources listed here, which two would you MOST prefer your utility to use more of here in Alabama?”

Glass collection for recycling has stopped temporarily at the Downtown Birmingham Recycling Center located at 2431 Second Avenue North. After Argos (formerly LaFarge NA) stopped accepting glass at their Calera cement manufacturing facility over a year ago, our only option to continue recycling glass was to transport it to markets in Georgia and Tennessee due to space and equipment limitations. We've been very fortunate to have the support of American Recycling (a Waste Pro company) in handling the expensive logistics of collecting, storing, transferring, and transporting glass out of state. Unfortunately, this process is simply too expensive to maintain in its current form. 

We have two opportunities in the works: 

As many of us suffer through the final clouds of Alabama pollen, the lure of getting outdoors is irresistible, particularly with the plethora of outdoor events, festivals, and concerts. In addition to good times, such events can also produce large amounts of trash. However, with a little bit of planning and conviction, anyone can easily host a near-zero waste event. 


Our Business Paper Recycling Program helps these businesses, schools, and organizations to recycle hundreds of tons of paper. The next time you visit these establishments, be sure to thank them for recycling.