Alabama Department of Environmental Management to give out $1.7 million in grants for recycling

A total of $1.7 million in grant money, generated by a $1-per-ton fee on waste dumped in landfills, will go to buy things such as recycling trailers and bins, collection trucks and other equipment, as well as to support education efforts encouraging participation in recycling programs. ADEM Director Lance LeFleur praised the grant program. "The ability to recycle more materials not only conserves natural resources but also reduces the volume of materials going into Alabama's landfills," LeFleur said in a release announcing the grants. "I am pleased that ADEM can utilize its resources and work with officials at the local level to support these recycling efforts."

The Alabama Environmental Council lead an effort through the JCDH to earn $276,368 for expanded recycling in Jefferson County. 

Projects approved in this proposal include 1) starting a glass-collection program for bars and restaurants; 2) establishing an event-recycling “kit” with a trailer to be made available for local events and festivals; 3) purchasing additional recycling bins for the City Of Birmingham curbside recycling program; 4) creating strategic recycling hubs by placing drop-off recycling trailers in up to five locations throughout Jefferson County; 5) purchasing a truck to assist in expanding the recycling program at UAB; and 6) implementing a coordinated Regional Education Campaign to promote new and existing recycling opportunities in Jefferson County.

Follow this link to read the Birmingham News article on the grants.