The new Community Recycling Center is now open at 4330 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222, Tues-Fri: 10-2, Sat: 9-4, and CLOSED Sunday & Monday. 

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Alabama Environmental Council and Alabama Rivers Alliance are thrilled to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Alabama for the 9th year!

Here are a few of the items we need for our new Recycling Center, and the approximate cost. We are happy to accept cash donations toward an item, or discuss your donation of a new or used item on the list.

Skid-steer Loader - $15,000

[Originally posted in the Hoover Sun]


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The United Methodist Women group at Bluff Park United Methodist Church on Monday is holding a public forum on the topic of climate justice.

Kyle Crider, the energy project manager for the Alabama Environmental Council and the Alabama Solar Knowledge project, plans to talk about the impact of human behavior on the earth’s climate and the theological implications of such behavior.

Birmingham, Alabama –The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) Recycling Center, recently relocated to Avondale, is adding solar power to its offices in order to save energy, save costs, and educate the public about solar power in Alabama. Through the donation and installation by Eagle Solar and Light, electricity bills and environmental impacts will be reduced with a 1.5 kW photovoltaic system by LG.

The Solar Foundation’s State Solar Jobs Census 2015 has lots of good news… except for Alabama: Alabama’s non-existent or even regressive solar policies have resulted in our “Sunny South” state ranking 50th in solar jobs per capita. (Indeed, as if to add insult to injury, a town called Alabama in New York state is expected to create more than three times the total number of solar jobs than the entire State of Alabama — and recently attracted an additional $10M investment from Korea.)

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!

As of May, almost 1,600 people have responded to the Alabama Solar Knowledge (ASK) Project public opinion survey. (And if you are not among the respondents, you can correct that omission with just a few minutes of your time here!)

Mirroring national survey results, Alabamians want renewable energy such as solar and wind, hands-down. When asked, “Of the energy sources listed here, which two would you MOST prefer your utility to use more of here in Alabama?”

As many of us suffer through the final clouds of Alabama pollen, the lure of getting outdoors is irresistible, particularly with the plethora of outdoor events, festivals, and concerts. In addition to good times, such events can also produce large amounts of trash. However, with a little bit of planning and conviction, anyone can easily host a near-zero waste event. 


Our Business Paper Recycling Program helps these businesses, schools, and organizations to recycle hundreds of tons of paper. The next time you visit these establishments, be sure to thank them for recycling.