Members: Lee County, City of Opelika, City of Auburn, Auburn University
Recycling bins for newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, shredded paper, and cardboard are located at: District 2 Disposal Site on Alabama Highway 51, Beulah Disposal Site on Lee Road 270, Backwaters Disposal Site on Lee Road 379, Bottle Disposal Site on US Hwy 280W, 29S on US Hwy 29 south of Auburn, Motts Disposal Site on US HWY 280/431 in Smiths Station, “12” Disposal Site on Lee Road 240, and 29N Disposal Site on US Hwy 29 north of Opelika.
By recycling, we save residents money and save space in the landfill. Recycled materials are sold, and the money is spent to keep up equipment and to buy additional recycling equipment. Our goal is to continue to recycle as much of our solid waste as possible. That’s why we added plastic bottles to the program. Please remove the tops and make sure the bottles are empty, then put them into a bag and leave them in the recycle bin.
With your help, we will continue to increase the amount we recycle.
The recycling drop off sites are located at: Denson Drive Recreation Center, 1102 Denson Dr., Michael Covington Recreation Center, 213 Carver Ave., Westside Recycling Center, 1017 Grand National Pkwy., and Floral Park, 600 Floral St. Items accepted for recycling include: newspaper (no glossy paper), clear and colored glass, aluminum and/or steel cans, plastic jugs, and cardboard (broken down only).
There is also a recycling drop off site located at the Parkway Shopping Center (where the Piggly Wiggly store is), 1515 2nd Ave. for newspapers, magazines, and cardboard only.
The City of Auburn’s Environmental Services Department is responsible for providing a wide range of services to the citizen-customers of Auburn. These responsibilities include the collection of garbage, bulky waste (trash), and recycling. We understand that the services we provide are an integral part of the quality of life our community has come to expect. Therefore, it is our sincere desire to provide efficient and effective services that meet the needs of our community.
In 1987, the City of Auburn became the first municipality in the state of Alabama to introduce curbside recycling services to residential customers. For those that subscribe to the city’s solid waste services, recycling is collected at curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day. Commodities collected at curbside, separated by the customer, are: aluminum cans only, cardboard (no larger than 4 ft. x 2 ft., flattened), glass (brown and clear glass only; no green glass), newspaper, plastic (#1 and #2 code only; no plastic bags), and steel/tin cans.
The recycling drop-off center is located at 365-A N. Donahue Dr. (adjacent to the Environmental Services Facility) and provides citizens the opportunity to recycle 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year. Commodities accepted at the drop-off center are: all items collected at curbside, batteries (transistor only), cellular phones, cooking grease/oil (pick up a one (1) gallon container and return it when full), electronics (by appointment only due to packaging requirements; call 501-3080), green glass, magazines, mixed/office paper, and scrap metal (worn or extra bits and pieces of metal parts, such as scrap piping and wire, or worn metal items).
In addition to the curbside and drop-off program, a small drop off location is located on Shug Jordan Parkway at the City of Auburn Fire Station. Also, several recycling stations are conveniently located in downtown Auburn for public use.
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Department (WRRD) manages all waste contracts on campus and works with faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis to provide easy and convenient recycling to Auburn University.
WRRD manages Campus Building recycling, Game Day recycling, Residence Hall recycling, office clean-outs, toner and ink cartridge recycling, indoor/outdoor event trash and recycling bins, secure document shredding services, and electronics recycling.
Auburn University separates recyclables into three categories and offers a variety of bins to make recycling easy and convenient. In addition, we offer other temporary and permanent waste and recycling services to the campus community.
Waste reduction and recycling initiatives are also promoted through education and outreach on campus and in the surrounding community. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of waste and effectively manage the lifecycle of current and future resources.