rec centerA new UAB Recycling initiative, supported by UAB Sustainability, will enable the Recycling Center to accept electronics from the community. The partnership with Protec Recycling, a new local business, has already begun and community members are encouraged to drop off acceptable items.

There is a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items on the Recycling webpage. Customers should especially take note of the items that cannot be accepted at the Recycling Center but can be taken directly to Protec Recycling:

  • CRT computer monitors*
  • TVs (CRT*, Plasma, LCD, LED)
  • Hard drives, including external*
  • Large items too big to fit through the shed door ( no more than 50 in. wide)
  • Items too heavy to move safely by hand

*These items have a disposal fee associated with them.

Protec Recycling assures that all collected materials will be contained and recycled in a manner that is environmentally safe, and handled in strict compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Alabama Department of Environmental Protection and applicable city and county laws. Protec adheres to a strict "No Export, No Landfill" policy; all electronics and components are recycled with R2 Certified downstream vendors.

Info-carrying devices such as hard drives that are not commissioned to be shredded will be sanitized using the Department of Defense recommended methods such as degaussing prior to recycling.

UAB is not responsible for any information left on items accepted or processed by the electronics recycling program.

This new initiative follows the announcement that glass is no longer being accepted. The decision was made because it was no longer fiscally feasible to accept glass.

The center does accept paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, steel cans, #1 & #2 plastic bottles and used cooking grease. Specifics on accepted items, including where to place the items, can be found on the Recycling Brochure. 

The Recycling Center drop-off hours are Mondays, 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. If Monday is a holiday, the center will be open on the next regular workday. Drop off recycling at 620 11th Street South. For more information email recycling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 996-9043.