Recycling at UAB
Recycling reduces trash, reuses materials, and even saves energy. UAB’s new green bins make it easy to recycle your aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and paper.
Aluminum Cans: aluminum bins accept all aluminum drink cans - but not soup or other food cans, which are usually steel. Steel cans may be brought to the UAB Recycling Center.
Plastic bottles: plastic bins accept all #1 and #2 plastics ONLY in bottle format. Check the bottom or sides of the bottle to see what number yours is. Typically these are sodas, energy drinks, water bottles, milk or tea jugs, and household chemical/detergent bottles. Please empty them first and remove the lids.
Paper: paper bins accept all forms of paper except stickers/labels and their waxy backings and paper that has touched food or beverages.
Steel: bring empty steel cans to the UAB Recycling Center.
Used oil/grease: bring used cooking oil/grease to the UAB Recycling Center.
Glass: dispose of lids and bring empty bottles to the UAB Recycling Center in a container (e.g. paper grocery bags, reusable bags, or open cardboard boxes), and deposit in or near the glass labeled area. Please do not smash bottles.The University has partnered with American Recycling of Alabama to recycle paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. American Recycling of Alabama provides all of the paper recycling containers for the program and UAB has purchased the green plastic and aluminum bins seen pictured with Blaze.
UAB has a Recycling Drop-Off Center at 620 11th Street South, between WBHM and Birmingham Fire Station #2, and placed compactors at the center. You may bring separated materials during the drop-off hours, from 6:30-8:30 AM and 4-6 PM on Mondays.
UAB has implemented several waste minimization projects recently:
- UAB Printing switched from a solvent-based ink to an aqueous product, reducing the amount of hazardous waste generated from that operation by over 80%.
- Most of the chemical based photo developing processes on campus have converted to digital imaging which has practically eliminated the generation of spent developer and fixing solutions.