Head to the Electronics Recyling Day at the Birmingham Zoo Jan. 28—what you need to know

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Electronics recycling in Birmingham
You can recycle all these items and more so they don’t end up in a landfill or your house. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

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

Electronics recycling day
Electronics recycling days are a huge hit. (Jefferson County)

Know before you go

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)

Find out where things go after JeffCo’s electronics recycling days.

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
  • Paints
  • 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

Neighborhood cleanup
A neighborhood cleanup is a great way to get to know your neighbors. (Jefferson County)

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:

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

Household hazardous waste days
Goodbye old bullets + batteries (Jefferson County)

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.

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