The Glass Recycling Pick-Up Program is growing! In just the first month of operation, the program recycled over 6 tons of glass from Birmingham bars and restaurants! The next time you visit these establishments, be sure to thank them for recycling.


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.

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.


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Please bring in only natural cork for recycling. The cork bin is located inside the recycling center office. Please ask a staff member for assistance.


Natural cork is 100% natural, biodegradable and renewable. There is no reason natural wine corks should end up as garbage when recycled cork can become flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment.

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.

The Recycle Alabama Campaign is a regional education campaign that utilizes the power of branding to create a truly regional approach to recycling, building upon what has primarily been a fractured, municipality-based effort.  Only seven of the thirty-nine municipalities within Jefferson County currently offer drop-off or curbside recycling opportunities for residents.  While some of these municipalities have seen some degree of success in resident participation, the restrictions imposed by a municipality-based program often create a fragmented rather than inclusive oppo

The final day of the recently concluded Plastics Recycling Conference in New Orleans opened with a panel examining recycling's broader impact beyond simply materials recovery. On the agenda was the relationship between recycling, product life cycle assessments (LCA) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and what they mean for businesses.

"Economics are not the only part of LCA," said Dave Cornell of APR who presented best practice guidelines for plastics life-cycle analysis, "but that which looks good on LCA, is generally good for economics."

Cornell outlined the essential steps of analyzing a product's lifecycle, including taking proper inventory, gauging the impact of a product in terms of energy use, water use, greenhouse gas generation and solid waste. He also outlined open loop versus closed loop recycling - the former describing a single-use product with no recycling, the latter incorporating recycling techniques to get the maximum number of uses out of basic raw materials.

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