We believe the beloved Christmas tree deserves a little more respect than ending up on the curb with the trash. Below is a list of Christmas tree recycling options across the state. If you do not find a recycling option that is convenient to you, please look over the innovative ways that you could incorporate your old Christmas tree into your own landscaping.

Glass collection for recycling has stopped temporarily at the Downtown Birmingham Recycling Center located at 2431 Second Avenue North as Waste Pro, a recycling partner of the Alabama Environmental Council, retrofits their operation to be able to transfer and ship the glass to regional markets to be reused and recycled.

Environmental advocates across the nation are applauding the announcement of the new federal carbon pollution guidelines that will address climate change, protect public health, and grow a clean energy economy. Rules that have been in the works for years were announced Monday morning that seek to reduce carbon emissions by 30% from the power sector below 2005 levels by 2030.

“With today’s announcement, the EPA is taking a big step toward cutting carbon emissions from the power sector that will decrease our impacts on the climate, have positive impacts on public health, and provide a framework for cleaner energy generation into the future,” said Michael Churchman, executive director of the Alabama Environmental Council. “This plan will help clean up unregulated pollution at power plants while creating the certainty the energy sector is looking for to invest in the future.”

(photo by Black Warrior Riverkeeper)

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. 

A recent report from The Solar Foundation found that Alabama ranks 42nd in state-specific numbers related to solar jobs in the state. With only 420 jobs related to solar, there is a lot of room for growth. This is especially true when you see that Tennessee has 2,800 jobs with 1,200 new last year and Georgia has 2,600 jobs, with 1,800 new last year. That means Alabama is set for a huge potential job growth with the right policies and economic development. Let's encourage state decision makers to support this dependable renewable energy!

     

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.