UAB is offering glass recycling for one day only on April 20th. Here are the details.

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Glass recyclers rejoice! UAB Sustainability and UAB Recycling are holding a one day glass recycling drive as part of their 2023 Earth Day festivities.

The Details

Here are the details:

WHEN: Thursday, April 20 from Noon to 5PM

ITEMS: Accepted glass items include:

  • Clean food and beverage bottles and containers of any color, including soda bottles, juice containers and alcoholic beverage containers and drinking glasses. Help keep the recycling stream clean by rinsing containers before recycling.
  • Pack glassware in boxes

DO NOT BRING: Car windshields and window, house windows, mirrors, tabletop glass

WHERE: UAB Recycling Center – 620 11th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233

This is a drive-through event, so make it easy to unload your car or truck.

Why the Matters

Recycling glass bottles and containers is difficult in the Birmingham metro area. Presently, only local Target stores recycle glass and that is done in limited quantities.

About a year and half ago, Birmingham’s only voluntary curbside recycling center ceased operations in 2021 and the Alabama Environmental Council, operator of the state’s oldest non-profit center, ceased taking glass and closed its center in 2019.

“Glass is 100% recyclable. It has an unlimited life and can be recycled endlessly,” said Bambi Ingram with UAB Sustainability. “UAB recycles glass for our Green Labs and LEED-certified buildings. There is no glass recycler in the Birmingham area, so we were happy to make this opportunity available to the community for Earth Month.”

Great Opportunity

UAB’s Glass Recycling Day is a great opportunity to get the glass you’ve been stockpiling out of your home and hopefully show public officials the need to make glass recycling work  in the Birmingham Metro area.

Do you recycle glass? Tell us why it matters to you by writing a comment on social media and tagging us at @bhamnow

Pat Byington
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.

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