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Recycling

Curbside Recycling Collection

A special recycling bin is provided to each participating residence for use in the collection and storage of recyclables. Note: The curbside recycle bin is the property of the City of Tuscaloosa and should be left at the residence should you move.

  • City of Tuscaloosa residential garbage customers who live within city limits can utilize our curbside recycling program. Businesses and nonprofits must enroll for non-residential curbside recycling services.
  • Curbside recycling service and the recycling bin are offered free of charge.
  • Curbside recycling is collected on the same day as garbage and trash.
  • Recyclables do not have to be separated for collection, with the exception of paper (must be bagged) and plastic film/bags (must be bundled). Place all of your recyclables in your bin and our crews will sort them for processing at the City recycling plant.
  • When a City holiday interrupts the curbside recycling collection schedule, routes will typically resume the next scheduled work day.

Drop-Off Recycling

Don't receive the City of Tuscaloosa's curbside recycling service because you live in an apartment, own a business or 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.

Note: Drop-off recycling trailers are for recycled materials only and are not garbage dumpsters.

The trailers and contents within are property of the City of Tuscaloosa. Groups or individuals caught tampering or taking items from the trailers could face prosecution.

Groups or individuals caught dumping garbage or non-recyclable items could face a $500 litter fine and associated court costs.

Drop-Off Map

Acceptable Items

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

Mixed Office Paper

Glass Recycling

Drop off at specified locations in map

Aluminum Cans

Steel "Tin" Soup Cans

Cardboard Boxes

Corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, brown paper bags

Plastic Film

Grocery bags, bread bags

Electronics Recycling

Drop off at Curry Complex

Unacceptable Items

Hard Plastics

Plastics #3 - #7

Wax-Lined Containers

Cardboard cartons, juice boxes

Styrofoam Cups & Containers

Construction Materials

Clothes Hangers

Household & Construction Garbage

Aluminum Foil Items

Foil, pie plates

Metal-Lined Bags

Chip bags, drink pouches

 

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 door and let the staff know what type of electronics you are recycling. An environmental services crew will come to your vehicle to collect all recyclable electronics.
  • For a large quantity of electronics, call ahead at 205-248-4900 to schedule a drop-off appointment.
  • No citizens or vehicles are allowed to enter the recycling plant.
  • Citizens 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.