Birmingham, AL (pop. 242,820), is home to “the easiest recycling recycling program under the sun.” It’s true — Birmingham residents enjoy relative ease when it comes to recycling at the curb. Citywide, recycling collection is done on Wednesdays, and any residence that has garbage picked up by the city’s Public Works Department is eligible. For all of its conveniences, though, the city does not recycle glass at the curb.
Including flattened cardboard or paperboard (cardboard pieces that fit into the cart go into the cart; those than cannot are to be placed next to the cart), junk mail, office paper, shredded paper (bundled in brown paper bags), newspapers (must be dry), catalogs, magazines, telephone books and textbooks.
All rigid, clean plastics numbered 1 to 7. Plastic bags are
Including aluminum cans and steel/tin cans (rinsed) and empty aerosol cans. Detachable lids must be removed.
Glass is not accepted at the curb.
Curbside pick-up occurs every Wednesday. Carts must be placed free from any obstructions on collection day by 6 a.m. All carts must be returned to property within 12 hours of pick-up.
The Birmingham Public Works Department offers regularly occurring curbside brush pick-up. A two-month schedule
can be found online.
Please see the Birmingham Recycles brochure
for more recycling program info.