Where can you recycle your gift wrapping, boxes and Christmas tree in Birmingham?

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Recycling truck at the Alabama Environmental Council

For the first time in four decades, there will not be an Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center to drop-off all your Christmas gift wrapping and boxes.

Have no fear, there are a few additional options in the Birmingham area to recycle paper, boxes and of course Christmas trees.

Recycling centers

Below is a list of  Birmingham area recycling centers. Not all of them may take Christmas wrapping.

When possible, we recommend you call the facilities first to make sure they are operating during the holidays and to make sure they take gift wrapping. Visit this link – for the Alabama Environmental Council’s recycling centers listing.

UAB Recycling – serves UAB community
620 11th Street South, Bham. 35233
Open M/T/W/TH/F 6AM-3PM

Eastern Landfill
2787 Alton Road Bham. 35210
Accepts Plastic #1 & #2, steel and paper

Birmingham Recycling & Recovery
9 41st Street South, Bham. 35222
NO wrapping paper, but they take cardboard, #1 & #2 plastic and aluminum
Open M/T/W/TH/F 7AM-4PM

Here is the rest of the list – Visit aeconline.org for an enlarged version of this flyer.

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 Christmas Tree Recycling

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Also, earlier this month, the Alabama Environmental Council released a list of Christmas tree recycling drop-off sites throughout the Birmingham area and Alabama..

An annual tradition, the AEC has been supporting and promoting Christmas tree recycling efforts for nearly 30 years. Below are the locations in the Birmingham Metro area along with “tree-cycle” sites across the state.

Birmingham– From December 26- January 10, folks can drop off clean trees at The Birmingham Zoo

Gardendale– Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service. Mulch generated goes to Gardendale city landscaping.

Homewood– The Homewood Public Library provides drop-off locations for clean trees from December 26- January 18 any
time. Email hcover@bham.lib.al.us for further information. Trees can also be recycled at 175 Citation Court in west Homewood.

Shelby County– Trees can be dropped off at any of the locations below from Dec. 27-Jan. 4
● Heardmont Park on Cahaba Valley Road on U.S. 119
● Chelsea City Hall
● Ray Building on Highway 70 in Columbiana
● AmStar Theatre at the Alabaster Colonnade
● Pelham City Park, at the U.S. 31/ 119 entrance

Vestavia– Residents can put bare trees alongside yard waste and the city will dispose of it accordingly. (The Boy Scouts will not be recycling Christmas trees at Scout Square, because Alabama Power is unable to pick them up this year.

Did we miss a recycling center or a Christmas tree location?  Let us know!  Send us a message at hello@bhamnow.com


Pat Byington
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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