Interested in recycling Christmas wrappings and other items in Birmingham? See infographs.

Cat ready to pounce on Christmas wrapping paper that is recycled in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Ok, the family just ripped into all those packages on Christmas morning. There are ribbons, wrapping paper and boxes thrown all over the living room around the Christmas tree.

Now the big question…. What can I recycle?

Our friends with the Inter-City Recycling Challenge provided us some useful tips.

What is OK!

Here is what is OK to place in your recycling bins in Birmingham, Homewood, Hoover and Vestavia Hills, according to the Inter-City Recycling Challenge.

  • Wrapping paper – foil wrapping is NOT recycled
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Tape is ok on paper

Not OK!

  • Foil wrapping
  • Ribbons and bows

Drop-off at Birmingham Recycling and Recovery

If you live in an apartment complex or do not have recycling available at your curb, visit Birmingham Recycling and Recovery in Avondale at 9 41st St S . Birmingham, AL 35222.

What is the Inter-City Recycling Challenge

Back on November 1st, City Councilors from Hoover, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Homewood kicked off the Inter-City Recycling Challenge. with representatives from Birmingham Recycling and Recovery.

In an effort to increase recycling participation and reduce recycling contamination, the cities challenged each other to a 6 month competition.

The challenge and competition

From the Inter-City Recycling news release, here is how the competition works.
The idea is to challenge our respective municipalities by having a friendly competition: which City can lower their average contamination rate by the greatest percentage?
The winning City will choose a non-profit, to which the losing Councilors will donate funds.
We also welcome and challenge any other municipality in the region. We will publish our data monthly, along with a simple infographic with a tip on the do’s and don’ts of recycling.

Recycle all year round properly

Before the competition, Homewood and Vestavia Hills has the lowest contamination rate at 32%.  Mountain Brook and Hoover rate of contamination was 37%.

How much will they improve?

Stay tuned.  Meanwhile, Merry Christmas!  And don’t recycle those bows, ribbons and wrapping foil!

Author: 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.