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Recycling

 
 

Free Curbside Recycling Collection

A special recycling bin is provided to each participating residence for use in the collection and storage of recyclables.

Drop-Off Recycling

Do you live in an apartment?  Are you a business owner? Do you live outside the Tuscaloosa city limits? You can still recycle – free of charge – at any of our drop-off locations. Recycling drop-off trailers have been strategically placed around Tuscaloosa County. Find the location nearest you with the map on this page. 

 

 

Acceptable Items

 

Aluminum Cans

Cardboard Boxes

- Corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, brown paper bags

Electronics Recycling

- Drop off at Curry Complex

Glass Recycling

- Drop off at specified locations in map
 

Mixed Office Paper

Newspapers & Magazines

- All types & inserts

Plastic Containers #1

- Water bottles, soda bottles, berry trays, plastics marked with a 1

Plastic Containers #2

- Milk jugs, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, plastics marked with a 2

Plastic Film

- Grocery bags, bread bags
 

Steel "Tin" Soup Cans

Unacceptable Items

 
 

Aluminum Foil Items

- Foil, pie plates

Clothes Hangers

Construction Materials

Hard Plastics

- Plastics #3 - #7

Household & Construction Garbage

Metal-Lined Bags

- Chip bags, drink pouches

Styrofoam Cups & Containers

Wax-Lined Containers

- Cardboard cartons, juice boxes

 

Electronics Recycling

The City of Tuscaloosa encourages all West Alabama residents and organizations to recycle their old, unused and broken electronics. Electronic waste should be kept out of landfills because it contains toxic materials that have the potential to leach into our soil and water and harm our local environment and health. E-waste also contains valuable materials that can be recovered.

  • Drop off accepted electronics at the Richard A. Curry Environmental Complex at 3440 Kauloosa Ave. on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Electronics won’t be accepted on City holidays, after hours, on weekends, at drop-off recycling trailers or on curbside recycling routes.
  • To drop off e-waste, park in the designated parking space at the Curry Complex. Sign in at the front office, explaining the type and origination of electronics you are recycling. An environmental services crew member will meet you and collect all accepted electronics from your vehicle. 
  • For citizens or businesses with large quantities of electronics, please call ahead at 205-248-4900 to schedule a drop-off appointment.
  • No citizens or vehicles are allowed to enter the recycling plant without permission from City staff.
  • Citizens and businesses will not be charged or compensated to drop off electronics. 

Acceptable Items

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Servers
  • Fax machines
  • Printers
  • Inkjet cartridges
  • Laser printer toner
  • Scanners
  • Copiers
  • LCD monitors
  • CRT monitors
  • Computer wires & cables
  • UPS battery back-up
  • Keyboards & mice
  • Docking stations
  • Cell phones & chargers
  • Tablets & PDAs
  • Power strips
  • Networking equipment (switches, hubs, firewalls, etc.)
  • Computer boards
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Microwaves 

Unacceptable Items

  • TVs
  • Non-rechargeable batteries
  • X-ray machines
  • VHS, cassettes & 8mm tapes
  • Light bulbs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Hazardous waste chemicals
  • Garbage, trash & debris

 

For more information about recycling e-waste, call Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311. 

Note: The City of Tuscaloosa and their affiliates assume no responsibility for data left in the memory and/or storage system of any collected electronics.