Blue bin recyclables will be picked up every Monday. Please have your blue bin on the curb where you normally put your garbage by 6:30AM every Monday. If you have any questions about the recycling program please call Public Works at 205-951-1420.
- Household Plastics #1 and #2 – The number is found on the bottom of the container.
- Flattened Cardboard Boxes – Please place large flattened boxes under your blue recycling bin.
- Mixed Paper – Printer Paper/Newspapers/Magazines/
Books/Junk Mail…basically, if it tears, then it’s recyclable.
- Aluminum cans – Please rinse. Empty aerosol cans are accepted.
- Steel (tin) cans – Please rinse out cans before recycling.
- Household Plastics #3 and up
- Plastic shopping bags–can be recycled at grocery stores and big box stores.
- Foam products
- Paper/Cardboard used for body contact or food wrappers (i.e. pizza boxes, juice cartons)
- Wrapping paper
- Paper towels
- Light bulbs
- During 2011, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) determined that Alabama spent $25 million to throw away over $193 million worth of recyclable materials.
- A 2010 Southeast Recycling
Development Council (SERDC) study determined that Alabama is home to more than 26 manufacturers who rely on recycled content feed stock. These companies generate more than $6.6 billion in yearly sales and employ more than 10,700 Alabama citizens directly working in the manufacture of recycled content products.
- If Alabama recycled just 10% more materials each year, the potential economic impact would equate to over 1,400 jobs, over $66 million annual personal income, and $3 million annual state tax revenue. Source: SERDC.
- The United States of America is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
- Americans toss out enough aluminum every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
- Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials, and produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.
- Recycling paper takes 60% less energy than making paper form raw materials.
- Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.