The Alabama Environmental Council manages the Avondale and Bessemer recycling centers.
The AEC is a statewide, nonprofit organization engaging citizens toward sustainable living and stewardship of the environment.

Nearly 2,000 tons of recyclables are processed at our centers annually.
Operating costs are provided by donations and through AEC memberships.


4330 1st Avenue South, Birmingham 35222

(205) 252-7581

Calendar for the remainder of 2018
October 29 – November 4:  Closed for Clean Up
November 8th: 11AM – 5:30PM
November 15th: 11AM – 5:30PM
November 22nd :  Closed for Holiday
December 6th:  11AM – 5:30PM
December 13th:  11AM – 5:30PM
December 20th: 11AM – 5:30PM
December 27th:  Closed for Holidays

1601 1st Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020


Monday-Friday, 7am—3pm


Please consult the listing below for information on which materials are accepted at our locations. To recycle materials other than what is listed here, please consult our statewide search engine.


We charge a small fee to cover the costs of harder-to-recycle items.
For your convenience, pre-paid punch cards are available for purchase.

  • Aluminum
  • Appliances
  • Batteries, Automotive
  • Batteries (Alkaline, NiMH, NiCd, Lithium): $1 per pound
  • Batteries, Lead-acid
  • Brita & PUR Water Filter Products
  • Brass
  • Cans, Steel
  • Cardboard
  • Cell Phones
  • Cigarette Waste
  • Computer Monitors: $15 each
  • Copper
  • Cork
  • Electronics
  • Engines (small)windows/doors, or mirrors)
  • Magazines
  • Natural Cork
  • Newspapers
  • Paper
  • Paper, Shredded (in bags)
  • Plastic #1 Bottles/Containers
  • Plastic #2 Bottles/Containers
  • Plastic #6 Solo Cups
  • Printer Ink Cartridges & Toner
  • Propane Tanks (empty)
  • PUR & Brita Water Filter Products
  • Shredded Paper (in bags)
  • Steel
  • Televisions: $0.50 per pound (no rear projection, wood paneling, or DLP)
  • Textiles
  • Tom’s of Maine Products
  • Toner & Ink Cartridges
  • Water Filter Products from PUR & Brita



  • Aluminum
  • Appliances
  • Batteries, Automotive
  • Cardboard
  • Cell Phones
  • Cooking Oil
  • Copper
  • Cork
  • Electronics (no televisions or computer monitors)
  • Engines (small)
  • Ink & Toner Cartridges
  • Motor Oil
  • Office Paper
  • Plastic #1 Bottles/Containers
  • Plastic #2 Bottles/Containers
  • Steel

For information on the services and programs below, please contact our Avondale recycling office at (205) 252-7581.



Local bars and restaurants are eligible for our twice-weekly glass bottle pickup service. Barrels are provided for glass collection and a small monthly fee covers transportation costs.


Let us pick up your paper waste. We can come as needed or on a schedule that works for you. Our fees are low and customized to your needs.


Let us help your school set up a recycling program. Introducing students to the importance of recycling encourages them to develop a lifelong habit. Bin pickup is available for Birmingham-area schools.



Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our recycling center is operated, along with an overview of the recycling process itself. Contact us at (phone number or email) to arrange a tour.


Rent an Event Recycling Kit for your special events, enabling your visitors to recycle items on-site. Fees are assessed by the size of the event. Learn more(link is external).


Let our friendly staff share their knowledge of the world of recycling, from learning about accepted materials to setting up an at-home recycling station.