The City of Mobile is committed to recycling as a part of being the most business and family friendly city in America.
In the fall of 2021, the City of Mobile hired the University of South Alabama Polling Group to survey residents to determine their willingness to recycle as well as their reasons for not recycling. The overwhelming response was that 90% of respondents see recycling as somewhat (20%) or very important (70%) with 56% stating that they currently recycle. Their top reasons for not recycling more is lack of convenient access (60%) and lack of information (47%). One additional note from the survey is that 62% would be interested in curbside recycling.
After learning what our community members want, we applied for funding from the ADEM Recycling Grant program to do the following: 1) expand our existing drop-off recycling program; 2) undertake a Mobile County-wide study of the opportunities available to expand recycling for all Mobilians; and 3) create an education/marketing program to promote recycling.
Check back here to learn more about recycling efforts.
We are a city that drives and loves our cars. How we grow needs to encourage changes to that while honoring our culture and lifestyle. The City of Mobile will be developing a path to add electric vehicles to our fleet to help lead the way for our community and to test the range, longevity, maintenance requirements, and curb appeal for our staff.
Compared to driving cars, public transportation is incredibly sustainable, but only 5% of working people utilize public transit systems. Instead, they use their own vehicles to commute to and from their jobs. Understanding the benefits of sustainable transportation may encourage workers to utilize it. Whether it be your health, the Earth, the community, or your wallet, sustainable transit is better for them all. Mobile’s Wave Transit will become more mainstream as the number of riders increases, allowing systems to expand and create an even greater impact.
Renewable energy is energy generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. Sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass all provide energy and the source cannot be exhausted and is constantly renewed.
Solar panels can be added to your home even in historic districts. Talk to your energy provider and companies that sell renewable energy to find out if this is a good option for your family or your business.
The mostly obvious reason to cut back on energy consumption is to save money! Using less energy also reduces carbon emissions that play a significant role in climate change, produces a higher quality of life, cleaner air quality, and an overall healthier planet.
The City of Mobile has established THIS PLAN to focus on energy efficiency and conservation over the next few years.
There are great tools for How you can also reduce your energy consumption at home or the office.
The U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years, while water usage has tripled. Recent droughts have emphasized the importance of conserving water with models projecting water shortages in at least 40 states by 2024. While the City of Mobile remains the city with the most rainfall in North America (65-67 inches), conservation of fresh, clean water is important.
By practicing some of the water-saving tips listed below, each of us can do our part to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water for ourselves and future generations. Conserving water not only helps save water supplies, but it also can save you money.
The following information provides general suggestions and ideas to use water, both indoors and outdoors, as efficiently as possible.