Through an Alabama Environmental Council initiative and in partnership with CAWACO RC&D Council, the Recycle Alabama Handbook has been created and includes an updated version of Recycle 101. Downloadable PDF documents can be found at the following links:
The goal of this document is not to convince anyone to implement a recycling program; other resources are available to do that (see Resources Section). This document has been developed to assist any community -- a city, a county, a large business, a school system, etc. -- in building a recycling program that works. You can do it!
This is a straightforward set of steps for any community that is approaching recycling for the first time, or after a long absence. The steps can be completed internally, or they can be delegated to consultants, or contracted to a private company, but they all contribute toward making the program as successful as possible. At various points, a community may seek assistance or information from an outside vendor, consultant, recycling company, a regulator or non-profit organization. There is a wealth of information available, and people are eager to help. Don’t give up!
Throughout the process, keep in mind that a recycling program converts material formerly known as “trash” or “waste” into raw materials for manufacturing, and that the community OWNS those raw materials. The program is yours and should be tailored to suit the needs of your community. Be bold!