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Mobile expanding recycling outreach, opens new recycling center

Apr 15th, 2024

Posted in: Press ReleaseMayorRecycling

- April 15, 2024 –

For Immediate Release: 

Mobile expanding recycling outreach, opens new recycling center 

Mobile, Ala. — With two single-stream recycling centers already being used by many community members, the City of Mobile is excited to open a third recycling center on Dauphin Island Parkway.

Funded by a grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), the “Parkway Recycling Center on the Peninsula” officially opened to the public on Monday, April 15.

The newest recycling center is one of several ways the City of Mobile will expand its recycling offerings and goals in 2024. The city will also dedicate additional staff to its recycling initiatives, increase public education and outreach about available recycling services, and review paths to include local businesses in the city’s recycling programs.

These efforts are being funded through a separate grant from The Recycling Partnership, a national non-governmental organization dedicated to building a better recycling system, with support from the American Beverage Association’s “Every Bottle Back” initiative and the Alabama Beverage Association. The Recycling Partnership selected the City of Mobile because of its dedication to advancing recycling across the community.

“Over the last several years, we’ve taken steps to streamline recycling for Mobilians and continued to explore ways to expand the recycling options in our community,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “We are excited to be working with The Recycling Partnership, which will help us continue that momentum and better educate our citizens on what, where, and how they can recycle in the City of Mobile. We also wouldn’t be this far along without the ADEM’s Alabama Recycling Fund committing the resources needed to build this third drop-off center.”

Residents can do their part by only bringing materials the City of Mobile is able to recycle to the drop-off locations. These items include aluminum and steel cans, food and beverage cartons, paper products (including newspapers and flattened cardboard), and empty plastic bottles and containers. To limit contamination, please rinse any food and drink containers before dropping them off. 

Some items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, paper towels, pizza boxes, electrical equipment, batteries, clothing and glass. These items often get mixed into recycling because people hope that they can be recycled. While well-intentioned, this kind of “wish-cycling” can cause serious issues and contaminate items that could otherwise be productively recycled. 

For more information on the City of Mobile’s recycling services and rules, please visit