The 2015 Recycling and Waste Reduction Summit will provide information and best practices on reducing waste and recycling. The all-day event will be held November 10, 2015 at the Beloved Community Church in Birmingham. Registration is limited to 75 people, so register today! 


  • Recycling 101;
  • The state of recycling in Alabama;
  • Encouraging recycling in communities and schools;
  • Increasing participation in your recycling program;
  • Material Recovery Facility tours.

Registration includes continental breakfast, snacks, tour, and Summit Soiree (4:30-7:00pm), featuring hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and live music. Lunch will be on your own at any of the numerous nearby eateries (special lunch discounts for attendees will be announced soon).

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?”

Glass collection for recycling has stopped temporarily at the Downtown Birmingham Recycling Center located at 2431 Second Avenue North. After Argos (formerly LaFarge NA) stopped accepting glass at their Calera cement manufacturing facility over a year ago, our only option to continue recycling glass was to transport it to markets in Georgia and Tennessee due to space and equipment limitations. We've been very fortunate to have the support of American Recycling (a Waste Pro company) in handling the expensive logistics of collecting, storing, transferring, and transporting glass out of state. Unfortunately, this process is simply too expensive to maintain in its current form. 

We have two opportunities in the works: 

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.