Get ready, because Jefferson County’s next Electronics Recycling Day is almost here. If you’re eager to get your old electronics and other unwanted items out of your house, you need to know about three programs Jefferson County has for you. Their free electronics recycling day is Saturday, January 28, from 9-11:30AM at the Birmingham Zoo. Keep reading for all the details.
1. Electronics Recycling Day
Know before you go
- What: Free electronics drop off day + paper shredding
- When: January 28, 9-11:30AM, or until capacity is met
- Where: Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Dos + don’ts: what to bring + what not to bring
Load up the trunk of your car and stay in the car while volunteers take out your electronic offerings.
“The purpose behind these events is to keep items out of landfills. The organizations we partner with have a zero-waste policy and recycle or re-use everything.”Helen Hays, Jefferson County
DO Bring: household quantities only of the following items
- Cable boxes, modems, routers
- Cell phones, tablets
- Computers, laptops
- Cords, cables, wire, chargers
- Printers, scanners, fax machines (+ ink + toner cartridges)
- Rechargeable batteries (no regular batteries)
- Security equipment
- Small appliances (coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, microwaves, toasters, vacuums)
- Televisions + monitors (all types)
- Regular paper, paper folders (5 box limit)
Do NOT bring: Save some of these for the Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, April 29.
- Alkaline batteries
- Household chemicals
- Light bulbs
- Major appliances
- Yard chemicals
This is your sign to clear up room in your garage, so you finally have that parking spot back after unloading all these items at the Electronics Recycling Day.
2. Cleanup days
Tired of seeing trash in your neighborhood or on a stretch of road you drive regularly? Contrary to what some might think, municipalities and counties don’t have endless resources and staff to come along behind all of us and pick up our litter, but they can help us organize cleanup days.
Whether it’s with a local high school, a neighborhood association or a civic group, there are a few community cleanup programs you can check out:
- Litter Quitters: Teaches young people the importance of not littering at the time they are beginning to drive so they develop good habits.
- Jefferson County Stormwater Program: Call 205-325-8741 or email Hana Berres firstname.lastname@example.org or Lyn DiClemente email@example.com to organize a roadside or neighborhood cleanup.
- Already-scheduled cleanup days: Look on Facebook under events to find these.
Build community, meet your neighbors and make a difference. The County will help connect you with the right people, facilitate between different jurisdictions and provide supplies.
3. Household hazardous waste day
Jefferson County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, April 29, from 8-11:30AM or until capacity is met. There will be three different sites to choose from, so start gathering all your items now.