Last night after dinner, I was walking through downtown Homewood and thought how it would be a great place to add recycle bins. Actually, they should already be there and so many other locations just like it. However, a new bill, HB274, introduced on Thursday in the Alabama House of Representatives would hurt the chance for that to ever happen.

HB274 would keep the City from being able to do any commercial recycling - that means no public drop-offs because they can't control if a business decides to use a free service or not. The intention is to help the private-sector recycling businesses grow, but that is a minor part of what this bill would do. Because our recycling efforts across the state are historically happening by private businesses, it is spotty and scattered at best. When private industry does not provide the service, cities and counties should be allowed to step in and help.

Urgent Action Needed

Make sure Representatives Vote No To HB274

“This bill would prohibit a county, municipality, or solid waste authority from providing commercial front-end loader, roll-off, or commercial recycling collection services within the county or the municipality if there are two or more private solid waste providers offering those services in the county.” This means it would be unlawful for a government entity to operate a public drop-off recycling location of any kind, since it is open to the public and, therefore, might be used by commercial entities.

If passed, all collection at the following places would have to stop within 6 months, and a private contractor hired if recycling were to continue:

· Drop-off locations

· Recycling centers

· Schools

· Businesses

· Events

· Sporting facilities

· Municipal buildings

· Neighboring small communities

You're invited to Alabama’s first art competition focused solely on functional furniture made from recyclable materials: “Blue Sky, Green Earth”. A display of all entries will be open to the public at a gala to celebrate the artists and their work on Friday, February 10, 2012, at 7pm, at Good People Brewing Company.

Waste Pro’s goal with “Blue Sky, Green Earth” is two-fold: to bring attention to domestic recycling and the versatility of the materials involved, and to encourage the growth of a new medium of art and revenue for Southern artists.

The Thomas Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series 2012 event features author Wendell Berry in a 7pm lecture at Samford's Wright Center. Following the lecture, Berry will sign books on the Wright Center stage. VIP Tickets are $125, and include a pre-lecture reception at 6pm, reserved seating and a signed copy of the book. General admission tickets are $25, and Samford Faculty/Staff tickets are $10. Samford students are free with Student ID. Purchase tickets.

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, scroll down to learn of innovative ways that you could reuse your old Christmas tree at home.

With the average American home owning approximately 24 electronic products[1], reuse and recycling is now more important than ever. After the Fall 2011 Birmingham Recycles Day in Linn Park, it is apparent that Birmingham-metro residents are very interested in ensuring electronics are disposed of responsibly.  We collected enough electronic products to completely fill a tractor trailer, a 30’ moving truck, and three 30 yard roll-off containers! What this says to me is that countless folks are willing to store these items in anticipation of such an event rather than simply taking them to the curb for disposal in a landfill.

For registration, please contact iStore Self Storage: Cindy June, Manager 1533 Montclair Rd Birmingham, AL 35210 205-956-8400