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Council approves license for recycling facility in Avondale

PRESS RELEASE                              Tuesday April 9, 2019

Contact: Cody Owens

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-317-1121

cody.owens@birminghamal.gov

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Roughly one percent of Birmingham residents actively recycle. This is an issue that the Birmingham City Council has been actively trying to address in recent months.

On Tuesday the Council approved the license for Birmingham Recycling and Recovery LLC, which is located on 41stStreet in Avondale. For years, the facility has handled recycling services for 25 municipalities, including Birmingham.

Chris Bartlett, who manages the recycling operating, said this was a big step in the right direction for Birmingham. Due to complications with the parent company changing names, the facility briefly had to cease operations last year, leaving a glaring hole in Birmingham’s recycling capabilities.

“Thank goodness we were approved today so we can continue to do business in the Birmingham and with the City of Birmingham,” Bartlett explained following the unanimous vote. “We are mainly a commercial facility that processes 3,000 tons of recyclable materials a month. Most of that is brought in from Birmingham and the surrounding municipalities.”

Councilor Hunter Williams, who chairs the public safety committee that recommended the license to the full Council, said Birmingham needs to keep moving toward a more robust recycling program within the city, but Tuesday’s vote was a positive step.

“We spend roughly $7 million every few years expanding the cells in our city landfills,” Williams said. “We, as city leaders, need to set an example and make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle because by not doing so, it’s costing the city a lot of money and resources. Not to mention the damage it does on our environment. However, I’ve been encouraged by the steps we’ve made recently.”

 For more information please contact Cody Owens, Public Information Officer with the Birmingham City Council at 205.254.2294.