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 Glass Recycling Pick-Up Program is growing! In just the first month of operation, the program recycled over 6 tons of glass from Birmingham bars and restaurants! The next time you visit these establishments, be sure to thank them for recycling.



The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) is excited to announce the start of a glass collection program for Downtown Birmingham bars and restaurants. Since 2004, the AEC’s Downtown Birmingham Community Recycling Center has been and is the only location in Jefferson County that accepts glass for reuse. Even prior to glass being excluded from curbside recycling programs, local bars and restaurants requested that an on-site glass recycling service be made available to them. The ADEM Alabama Recycling Fund grant to the JCDH has helped bring to fruition a much needed addition to the AEC’s glass recycling program.

Follow this link for Glass Program Press Release.

The Alabama Environmental Council organized and still runs the oldest nonprofit recycling center in the state. It processes close to 2,000 tons of recyclables a year. 

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