Glass Recycling Returns to Birmingham, Ala.

Waste Pro will provide service at downtown collection center.

June 19, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

The city of Birmingham, Ala., has announced it will resume the collection of glass at its recycling center in downtown Birmingham. Waste Pro, Longwood, Fla., will provide a roll-off container and assist the city in finding and shipping the collected glass to markets throughout the South.

Since glass was excluded from local recycling efforts nearly 10 years ago, the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) has been accepting glass at its recycling center for reuse in cement manufacturing. Argos, previously LaFarge, has been paying for hauling the glass to its plant in Calera, Ala., where it is stored and pulverized before being added to its concrete mix. However, Argos stopped accepting glass earlier this year.

“It has been very disappointing for us to have to tell people they couldn’t drop off their glass, but we have been searching for another recycling opportunity,” says Michael Churchman, executive director of AEC. “Since this is one of the only places to recycle glass in our area, we have been working to find another outlet and are extremely pleased that Waste Pro has stepped up to help be a leading recycler in Central Alabama.”

George Nicholson, a representative from Waste Pro, says, “We’re happy to be able to help find solutions for recycling in the Birmingham Metro area. We have equipment and regional partners that can accept glass, so we reached out and developed a plan with AEC to be able to begin recycling glass again.”

Longer term, AEC and Waste Pro are considering pulverizing the glass themselves and marketing the material to firms that can use it as either cullet or as an aggregate.