Nearly two weeks after fire, Birmingham Recycling and Recovery to reopen on May 30

Avondale Recycling Center
Day after Birmingham Recycling and Recovery Warhouse fire (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Birmingham Recycling and Recovery will reopen on Monday, May 15th, according to a company statement.

The Fire

On the evening of May 4th a fire broke out at the recycling processing complex located on 41st Avenue South in the Avondale neighborhood. The fire damage centered around the warehouse, but the plant side of the center was left intact.

Good News

Beginning on May 30th, the company will once again receive recycling deliveries from commercial haulers and businesses that deliver clean, source-separated loads of cardboard and/or paper.

Community bins will also be available for local residents who want to drop off their mixed recyclable materials. 

Recyclable items accepted at Birmingham Recycling and Recovery include:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Jugs, and jars with a #1 or #2 recycling symbol
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel/tin cans 

Items should be empty, clean, and dry.  Place items loose in the drop off bins.  No plastic bags and no other plastics than #1 & #2 containers are accepted. 

Loads of mixed residential recycling from regional municipalities are on hold right now. 

Where to Recycle in the Meantime

Can’t wait to recycle on Monday? If you need a place to recycle, American Transport and Recycling, which is located at 2222 Vanderbilt Road, 35234, takes cardboard, office paper, some plastic and certain metals.

Local Target stores also take recyclables, including glass.

Have you used the recycling center in Avondale? Tell us on social media why recycling is important to you by 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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