Recycling FAQs

  1. Environmental Services
  2. Garbage and Recycling

Enviromental Services Building

365-A N Donahue Dr

  1. Email: webenvirsvc@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-3080
  3. Hours:  M-F: 7:30AM-4:30PM

Timothy Woody

Environmental Services Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-3080
  2. Email: twoody@auburnalabama.org

Q Who is eligible to participate in the City's curbside recycling program?
A Currently, only City residential solid waste customers (those that receive garbage services provided by the City) are eligible to receive curbside recycling services.

Q When is curbside recycling collected in my area and at what time should I place it out for collection?
A Your recycling is collected on the same day as your garbage and should be placed out the night before collection or no later than 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Scroll to the bottom of this page and input your address to view your collection schedule or go to our interactive map Auburn GIS Maps and click on the General Interactive or Public Service map to view the routing schedule or contact our office at 501-3080 to ascertain your scheduled collection day.

Q What types of recyclables are collected at curbside?
A Here is what we collect at curbside at those homes that are still on the source-separated program (where you have to separate everything before placing at the curb):

  • Plastic #1 - #7 (no plastic bags or plastic straws - plastic must be placed loose in a bin/box/etc.)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel/tin cans
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard (flatten)
  • Glass (only clear and brown)

For those households that are now on single-stream recycling (effective 12/4/17) where they place all material into one bin/cart, here is what’s collected:

  • Plastics #1 - #7 (no plastic bags or plastic straws)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel/tin cans
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard (flatten)
  • Magazines
  • Mixed office paper, junk mail, etc.
  • NO GLASS IS ACCEPTED

Q Are there any special instructions for placing recyclables out for collection?
A Recyclables should be placed a few feet away from the trash and garbage and within three (3) feet from the roadway. The City currently utilizes a dual collection system: single stream and source-separated program, meaning recycling materials should be separated by type and placed in containers (e.g., recycling bins, milk crates, boxes) prior to collection as follows:

  • Aluminum cans - crushing helps, but is not necessary
  • Cardboard - should be flattened/broken down
  • Glass - containers should be separated by color
  • Newspaper - should be bundled and neatly stacked
  • Steel cans - should be separated from aluminum cans
  • Plastics - #1-#7; no plastic bags or plastic straws; items should be rinsed and clean

Q Is there a drop-off site for those of us who are not eligible not receive City curbside recycling collection service?
A Yes. The RecycleAuburn drop-off center is located at 365-A North Donahue Drive (Environmental Services facility) and is open 24 hours a day year round. All recyclables collected as a part of the curbside program may be recycled at the drop-off center, in addition to the following items:

  • Batteries (transistor only up to size D - no automobile, marine batteries, etc.)
  • Cellular phones
  • Cooking grease/oil (pick up an empty container at the center and return it when full)
  • Green glass
  • Magazines/telephone books
  • Mixed office paper
  • Plastics #1-#7

Q Can I recycle computers, or other electronics?
A Yes. Computer equipment and electronics that are not televisions or monitors may be recycled, but an appointment must be made as these items require special handling. Please contact Environmental Services at 501-3080 for an appointment to drop off your computer equipment. If you have televisions or computers monitors that you need to dispose of, place those items at curbside for collection along with your other trash.

Q Where are the recyclables disposed of?
A General recycling materials are transported to Waste Recycling, Inc. which is located in Opelika, AL. Waste Recycling packages the materials and typically ships them to various locations around the southeastern United States for final processing. Electronics are submitted to CompuPoint, USA, LLC located in Norcross, GA for processing. CompuPoint is R2 certified as recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has indicated it processes all electronic material it receives through companies located within the United States.