Here’s how to recycle hazardous materials in Jefferson County


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Bring your paper and electronics to be recycled on August 8! Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

If you’re like me, you’ve probably looked around at old paint cans, electronics, batteries, stacks of paper, etc. and thought, “what in the world do I do with this?” Jefferson County makes it easy to keep household hazardous waste out of our landfills. Here’s how.

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We went to check out a household hazardous waste collection day for ourselves. I have to admit, I was super impressed with how efficient the whole operation was.

All you have to do is load up all your hazardous materials, drive up, and they’ll unload it for you at the proper stations. If you’re doing some major cleaning out, feel free to bring a small trailer—we spotted a few while we were there.

Seeing all of the waste in one place made me realize how important this initiative really is. Taking an hour of your day to dispose of these materials properly keeps dangerous and damaging chemicals out of our landfills and waterways.

What to Bring

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Old batteries are something I never know what to do with. Here’s the answer! Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

The collection days are open to all citizens of Jefferson County, no matter what city you live in. The County generally hosts one day a year, and you keep up with any upcoming events by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

On a typical hazardous waste collection day, here’s the list of what you can drop off:

  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Household cooking grease
  • Motor oil and Antifreeze
  • Paint
  • Paper Shredded Onsite (limit: 5 Boxes)
  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Fertilizers
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Tires (limit: 8, no rims)
  • White Goods (large appliances)

The Next Event

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This is just a preview of what we’re keeping out of our landfills with these collection days. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

The main collection day for this year passed in July, but there’s another event coming up in August that will be limited to electronics and paper shredding. Here are the details:

  • Date: Saturday, August 8
  • Time: 9AM-11:30AM
  • Location: Birmingham City Hall/Linn Henley Park
  • Address: 710 20th Street North, Birmingham

Just like the larger-scale events, this is open to any Jefferson County resident, even if you live outside of Birmingham. All volunteers will be in masks, and they ask that all participants wear one as well.

What to Bring on August 8th

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These events are a great way to get rid of old documents and papers. Plus, they shred on-site. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

The event will be contactless, so be sure to place your items in the trunk. You can remain in your vehicle while volunteers unload your recyclables. Here’s a list of what you can bring:

  • Cable Boxes, Modems, Routers
  • Cell phones and Tablets
  • Computers and Laptops
  • Cords, Cables, Wires, Chargers
  • Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines
  • Ink and Toner Cartridges
  • Rechargeable Batteries (rechargeable ONLY)
  • Security Equipment
  • Small Appliances (coffee makers, hairdryers, irons, microwaves, toasters, vacuums)
  • Television and Monitors
  • Regular Paper, Paper Folders (limit: 5 Boxes)

Note: Please do NOT bring cardboard, binders, binder clips, “bulldog clips” or wet paper.

Dispose of your household hazards safely, JeffCo! It’s as easy as it is important.

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Beth Cunningham
Beth Cunningham

A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.

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