Light industrial work; maintaining recycling bins, property, and office in a clean manner; provide customer service to patrons; assist in educating public; lead volunteers and court-appointed workers; light office work; and good team member. 


Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the talented folks at Lewis Communications, the AEC Recycling Center has a new name and website:


"If it were not for The Alabama Conservancy, there would be no concept of Eastern Wilderness." Former Senator Floyd Haskell of Colorado

Did you know that Alabama Environmental Council--formerly The Alabama Conservancy--is the oldest state-based environmental organization (i.e., not part of a national organization like Audubon or National Wildlife Federation)? In 2017, AEC will celebrate its 50th anniversary. (AEC was founded in 1967 and incorporated in 1969.) You can read more about our history here and download a PDF that tells our story.

Won't you help us celebrate 50 years of accomplishments, including leading the fights for the Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama's Clean Air and Clean Water legislation in the 1970s, and 30+ years of recycling in Birmingham and beyond? Your $50 contribution will take us into the next half-century of work. But please don't stop at $50... if you can give more, use this link to donate any amount you like!



The new Community Recycling Center is now open at 4330 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222, Tues-Fri: 10-2, Sat: 9-4, and CLOSED Sunday & Monday. 

Click here for currently accepted materials.

Learn How You Can Help: Making a Clear Difference Campaign

Here are a few of the items we need for our new Recycling Center, and the approximate cost. We are happy to accept cash donations toward an item, or discuss your donation of a new or used item on the list.

Skid-steer Loader - $15,000

[Originally posted in the Hoover Sun]


Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at

The United Methodist Women group at Bluff Park United Methodist Church on Monday is holding a public forum on the topic of climate justice.

Kyle Crider, the energy project manager for the Alabama Environmental Council and the Alabama Solar Knowledge project, plans to talk about the impact of human behavior on the earth’s climate and the theological implications of such behavior.

Birmingham, Alabama –The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) Recycling Center, recently relocated to Avondale, is adding solar power to its offices in order to save energy, save costs, and educate the public about solar power in Alabama. Through the donation and installation by Eagle Solar and Light, electricity bills and environmental impacts will be reduced with a 1.5 kW photovoltaic system by LG.

The Solar Foundation’s State Solar Jobs Census 2015 has lots of good news… except for Alabama: Alabama’s non-existent or even regressive solar policies have resulted in our “Sunny South” state ranking 50th in solar jobs per capita. (Indeed, as if to add insult to injury, a town called Alabama in New York state is expected to create more than three times the total number of solar jobs than the entire State of Alabama — and recently attracted an additional $10M investment from Korea.)

Glass collection for recycling has begun again after relocating the Recycling Center to 4330 1st Avenue South, near Avondale. After Argos (formerly LaFarge NA) stopped accepting glass at their Calera cement manufacturing facility over three years ago, our only option to continue recycling glass was to attempt to transport it to markets in Georgia and Tennessee due to space and equipment limitations. There were expensive logistics of collecting, storing, transferring, and transporting glass out of state. Unfortunately, this was not sustainable and we stopped the program. We are glad to resume this valuable service for the Metro Birmingham area!

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?”