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!

The AEC has built out a new location for the Recycling Center. The new space is spacious enough for us to process glass for local use, and outfitted with a refurbished glass pulverizer from Andela, in partnership with Waste Pro of Alabama. Our vision for the future for the new space is to also house an environmental learning and educational center including workshop/classroom space, community resources, a tool share, eco store, sustainable living demonstrations, AEC offices, and more.

It was disappointing to stop accepting glass for recycling at our Downtown Recycling Center since none of the curbside programs have recycled glass in our area since the early 2000's and we were the only option. It is very important to us to create a sustainable operation and provide this service. 

See how we progressed to the new Community Recycling and Resource Center at this link. The previous Recycling Center was located at 2431 Second Avenue North in downtown Birmingham and ceased operation on 4/3/2016. We continue to accept a variety of other materials for recycling at the new Community Recycling Center. Find more information about the Alabama Environmental Council at,, or To find out where other materials can be recycled, visit the drop-off recycling search engine at

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