New self service recycling drop offThe UAB Recycling Drop-Off Center has expanded its hours to enable the UAB community more opportunity to recycle.

The center had been open during specific hours on Mondays only, and is now open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is now also a self-service recycling location.

“We wanted to open the center for those who couldn’t come by during those brief windows of time on Mondays,” said Tim Sullivan, Manager of UAB Campus Services and Grounds. “This will also enable our recycling team to focus more on our on campus recycling collection.”

UAB Recycling regularly collects three types of materials from campus buildings: paper and cardboard, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles (labeled plastic #1 or #2):

    • Paper and cardboard are collected throughout the campus in 96 gallon rolling totes labeled "paper recycling only."
• During 2011, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) determined that Alabama spent $25 million to throw away over $193 million worth of recyclable materials.
• If Alabama recycled just 10% more materials each year, the potential economic impact would equate to over 1,400 jobs, over $66 million annual personal income, and $3 million annual state tax revenue.
• With more than 300 employees, KW Plastics in Troy, Alabama is the world's largest recycler of HDPE and PP plastic resins. Currently, KW receives enough plastic from Alabama to run the plant for only two days out of every year.
Source: AEC website
  • Aluminum cans are collected throughout the campus in the green containers known as half-gluttons.
  • Plastic bottles are collected throughout the campus in the same half-gluttons as cans. 

In addition to the change in hours of operation, electronics recycling will now be conducted by appointment. To make an appointment, call 934-WORK (9675). The UAB Recycling website contains a wealth of information regarding accepted materials, how to recycle at the center, its location, etc.