Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center will temporarily close this week. It will re-open September 1 with new hours

Mural at the Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center. Photo from the Alabama Environmental Council Facebook page.

The Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center, “RecycAL”, will be closed August 26-31 for trash and scrap removal, warehouse organization and to address the pulverized glass situation. The center will be re-opening on September 1st with new hours of operation.

Located in Avondale at 4330 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222, the AEC Recycling Center is the oldest and largest non-profit recycling center in the state of Alabama. Nearly 2,000 tons of recyclables are processed at AEC centers annually (there is also a center in Bessemer at 1601 1st Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020).

Alabama Conservancy Recycling Center Birmingham Alabama
The Alabama Environmental Council’s (Alabama Conservancy) Recycling Center in 1991

Operating costs are provided by donations of recyclable materials and through AEC memberships.

Beginning September 1st, the center’s Avondale site will have new operating hours.

New hours:

Sunday: Closed
Tuesday- Friday: Open 8AM-12PM
Saturday: Open 8AM – 2PM

Here are the items the center receives (note some hard to recycle items, may have a fee applied):

Recyclables everywhere at the Avondale Recycling Center. Photo from the Alabama Environmental Council Facebook page.

Aluminum, Appliances, Batteries, Automotive Batteries (Alkaline, NiMH, NiCd, Lithium): $1 per pound Batteries, Brass, Cans, Steel, Cardboard, Cell Phones, Computer Monitors: $15 each, Copper, Cork, Electronics, Engines, (small)windows/doors, or mirrors), Magazines, Natural Cork, Newspapers, Paper, Paper, Shredded (in bags), Plastic #1 Bottles/Containers, Plastic #2 Bottles/Containers, Plastic #6 Solo Cups, Printer Ink Cartridges & Toner, Propane Tanks (empty), Shredded Paper (in bags), Steel, Televisions: $0.50 per pound (no rear projection, wood paneling, or DLP), Textiles.

The center presently does not accept glass from the public.

Support the Alabama Environmental Council this week

The Alabama Environmental Council needs your support to keep recycling alive in the Magic City.  They have two fundraisers this week.

The AEC Junior Board will be having a 10% Night (Green Drinks) at Cahaba Brewing Company August 29 from 3pm-10pm. Please come and show your support!

September 1st (the day that our new hours start) is also AEC’s very first Yard Sale at the Recycling Center from 8am-2pm.

October 21 – Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Red Mountain Theatre – a joint festival with the Alabama Rivers Alliance.

Learn more about the Alabama Environmental  Council at .

50 Years with Alabama Environmental Council from Matthew J Grcic on Vimeo.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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