Birmingham, Alabama, Monday, May 16, 2011 – The tornados that swept through the South on April 27th of this year uprooted families, homes, and livelihoods. In its wake it left thousands of trees and homes strewn across the community. In Birmingham, the devastation impacted several communities, and flattened Pratt City. Mayor William Bell of Birmingham, along with the City Council and other community leaders have moved quickly to clean up the debris and begin helping communities rebuild their homes and lives.
Estimates of the amount of debris range as high as 70,000 tons. Rather than burying this material, the City of Birmingham has taken a bold step to recover this material and reuse or recycle as much as possible. Southeast Renewables (SER), a proven operator of Material Recovery Facilities, was chosen to help divert up to 80% of Birmingham’s tornado debris away from landfills. SER will recover, recycle and find ways to reuse the material. This industry leading move will save Birmingham money, extend the life of the existing landfills and establish a new and innovative method to revitalize communities affected by disasters.