Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Recycling in Alabama??

 Birmingham News follows up on the op-ed I wrote in October 2007 concerning  Alabama's poor recycling rates and the state's inability to implement the 1991 Solid Waste Plan concerning recycling.

Here is the

and Monday's Birmingham News article.

Passage from Bham News - 

Advocates say the benefits of recycling offset the costs. They say it saves energy, saves landfill space, protects groundwater, provides raw materials for manufacturing and creates jobs.

"We've got to remember it's the expressed wish of the Legislature that was passed back in the early'90s to reduce our waste and recycle 25 percent of our waste," Byington said. "So we have the mandate. We have the legislative intent. We've got to make it happen."


I do hope today's article can "light the spark" and move the state toward implementing the solid waste/ recycling planning laws we passed more than 15 years ago.


Mandi said...

I am new to Alabama and am appalled that I cannot recycle easily here. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to help garner support for a program in our area?

Pat Byington said...

I'll be glad to help. Contact me at

Anonymous said...

I'm going to write a bill that will propose raising the recycling requirements in Alabama for my government class. Any suggestions or help would be great if you have the time.