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!

Recycling Center Operator & Backup Driver (part-time)

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.


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The 2015 Recycling and Waste Reduction Summit will provide information and best practices on reducing waste and recycling. The all-day event will be held 8:30am-4:30pm on November 10, 2015 at the Beloved Community Church in Birmingham. Registration is limited to 75 people, so register today! 


  • Recycling 101;
  • State of Recycling in Alabama;
  • Zero Landfill Practices;
  • Large Office Recycling;
  • Material Recovery Facility tours.

Registration includes continental breakfast, snacks, tour, and Summit Soiree (4:30-7:30pm), featuring hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live music, and a sneak peak at AEC's new recycling center. Lunch will be on your own at any of the numerous nearby eateries. Can't attend the Summit, but want to attend the Soiree? Tickets to the Soiree are available for purchase at the registration link below.

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.