Where things go after JeffCo’s electronics recycling days—what you need to know (VIDEO)


Items ready for recycling. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We know Jefferson County loves electronics recycling and paper shredding days. We’ve seen the long lines of cars waiting to drop of all those old computers, cell phones and bags of paper. To learn just where all those things go, we went behind the scenes. Here’s what we discovered and what you need to know for the upcoming event on Saturday, October 9.

Where do the electronics and paper go?

It was so much fun for us to see Protec Recycling’s West Homewood warehouse where all the electronics go, and where they bring the paper for shredding. We also loved meeting Danny Skinner, the man behind the operation.

Head to Jefferson County’s next electronics recycling and paper shredding day

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Here’s how to get to the October 9 electronic recycling event. Map via Jefferson County
  • Location: Birmingham City Hall at Linn Henley Park, 710 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Please note: you’ll need to enter the site off of Park Place as short 20th street will be turned into a one-way street for the event
  • When: Saturday, October 9, 9AM-11:30AM or when collection capacity is met
  • Do bring (household quantities only):
    • Cable Boxes
    • Modems
    • Routers
    • Cell Phones and Tablets
    • Computers and Laptops
    • Cords, Cables, Wire, Chargers
    • Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines (Ink and Toner Cartridges)
    • Rechargeable Batteries (Rechargeable ONLY)
    • Security Equipment
    • Small Appliances (Coffee Makers, Hair Dryers, Irons, Microwaves, Toasters, Vacuums)
    • Televisions and Monitors (all types)
    • Regular Paper, Paper Folders (5 box limit)
  • Do not bring:
    • Cardboard
    • Binders
    • Binder Clips
    • “Bulldog clips”
    • Wet paper
  • Questions? Call the Jefferson County Stormwater Program at 205-325-8741.

Event sponsors:

  • City of Birmingham
  • Nucor Steel Birmingham, Inc.
  • Jefferson County Commission

In partnership with:

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • City of Bessemer
  • City of Leeds
  • Jefferson County Conservation District
  • Jefferson County Department of Health
  • Keep Birmingham Beautiful
  • Protec Recycling
  • Storm Water Management Authority, Inc.

If you miss it, never fear

Protec Recycling
Protec Recyling. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If you want to keep electronics and paper out of landfills and waterways but can’t make it on Saturday, October 9, If you want to keep electronics and paper out of landfills and waterways you can also drop things off five days a week in West Homewood. NOTE: Certain items such as CRT monitors and televisions have associated fees.

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