A new look for downtown recycling center

09.23.2008 by André Natta · → 5 Comments

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If you look at it now, the property on 25th Street and 2nd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham has a few recycling bins, along with a run-down building.  However, that area will eventually be transformed into a state of the art recycling center and office building.  While it’s still in the early planning stages, the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) wants to move their state offices into the building’s second floor, and convert the first floor into an educational recycling center. “Signage is going to be very distinct,” says Michael Churchman, AEC executive director. “This is going to be the public face of the council and expose people as to what kind of work we are doing.”

Their plans include adding more bins that can collect different materials, constructing a security fence around the bins, and adding loading zones so people can drop off their recycled materials more easily. Churchman says recycling centers aren’t readily available across Alabama, but they ‘re excited to be moving their services to downtown Birmingham. “There is alot of advocacy for revitalization here,” comments Churchman. “We are thrilled to be apart of it, and to provide this service to residents.”

No timetable has been set as to when the new recycling center will be completed. For now, the current recycling center will remain open for the public. If you would like more information, visit the AEC’s website.

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phrancescot
phrancescot

The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) recycling center in Birmingham is the ONLY place in the metro area where you can recycle glass and the only option for many others who do not have the luxury of curbside pickup to recycle their mixed paper, newspaper, cardboard, glass, steel and aluminum cans, computers, ink cartridges, cell phones and other electronics. Please support the AEC as they are a non-profit organization and depend on contributions from members and patrons to continue to offer this valuable community service. If you live in the area and are a patron of the AEC recycling dropoff center, feel free to contact your local political leaders and let them know how valuable this service is to you and solicit their support as well. www.aeconline.org

Darcy
Darcy

HOORAY! I take my glass there and considering the location and state of disrepair, try to skeedaddle as fast as possible out of there...not a good place to be after dark. Hopefully a new look will encourage people to recycle MORE!

Darcy
Darcy

HOORAY! I take my glass there and considering the location and state of disrepair, try to skeedaddle as fast as possible out of there...not a good place to be after dark. Hopefully a new look will encourage people to recycle MORE!

megabeth
megabeth

great news for an excellent initiative! I bring my recyclables that are not covered by curbside recycling there, and it is hard to figure out which bin to put things in.

megabeth
megabeth

great news for an excellent initiative! I bring my recyclables that are not covered by curbside recycling there, and it is hard to figure out which bin to put things in.