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Single-Stream Recycling

  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

Single-stream Recycling began December 2017

The City of Auburn transitioned to single-stream recycling on Dec. 4, 2017! Using 95-gallon blue recycling carts, customers will now be able to place all recyclables into one container and place them at the curbside on their scheduled garbage collection day. Acceptable single-stream materials are:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Paper: all types including junk mail, envelopes, magazines, newspapers, office paper, etc.
  • Plastic: #1 through #7, including plastic bottles and food containers; no toys
  • Steel/tin cans

NO glass, plastic bags, plastic straws, Styrofoam or any other material is accepted as part of single-stream recycling. Glass can be recycled at our Recycling Drop-off Center at 365-A N. Donahue Drive.

The program will begin with 5,600 carts that will be distributed in the initial rollout. Those who are not included in this group will be able to recycle plastic at the Recycling Drop-off Center and will still have curbside service for cans and paper. We will expand the program past the initial rollout as quickly as possible.

If you are part of a subdivision area selected as part of the initial rollout and wish to opt out of the single-stream program, please email webenvirsvc@auburnalabama.org or call (334) 501-3080.

The following subdivision areas will be included in the initial rollout:

  • Asheton Lakes/Park
  • Autumn Ridge
  • Barkley Crest
  • Bent Brooke
  • Bent Creek
  • Brookstone
  • Camden Ridge
  • Cary Woods (Cary Drive, Sanders St., Felton Ln., N. Cedarbrook, etc.)
  • Cotswold
  • Cypress Point
  • Donahue Ridge
  • East Lake/East Lake Town Homes
  • Grove Hill
  • Hamilton Hills
  • Highlands
  • Hillbrook
  • Legacy
  • Lundy Chase
  • Lundy West
  • Millwood Point
  • Moores Mill, Moores Mill Golf Club, Moores Mill Townhome, Moores Mill Park Lane
  • Morgan Hills, Morgan Woods, Laurel Grove
  • Ogletree Village
  • Shadow Wood Estates
  • Shelton Cove
  • Stonewood Farms
  • Sugar Creek Estates
  • The Dakota
  • The Oaks at Cotswold
  • The Preserve
  • Tivoli
  • Tuscany Hills
  • Tutton Hill
  • West Richland
  • White Oak
  • Windway
  • Yarbrough Farms, Falls Crest, Pine Valley, Yarbrough Farms Tree Houses, Club Creek
  • The Parc at Auburn University Club

Why is the City of Auburn converting to single-stream curbside recycling?

The annual Citizen Survey five-year trend indicates a 7.3 percent decline in satisfaction with our curbside recycling program. Citizen dissatisfaction revolves around not being able to place all recyclables into one container instead of having to separate them into different containers. In an effort to address the recycling needs of citizens, the City applied for and was awarded a $288,000 grant to implement a single-stream recycling program.

Single-stream is convenient for the recycler

Residents can place all recyclables into one container then simply roll the container to the curb for collection instead of having to carry the material to the curb in separate containers. Since the blue 95‐gallon recycling cart is the same size as your green garbage cart, use of the cart will:

  • Provide extra capacity where residents may not have to place the cart out for collection every week
  • Allow bulky items like cardboard to be recycled easily
  • Keep recyclables contained (reducing potential for litter) and dry
  • Provide extra capacity for future recycling growth

Single-stream increases recovery of recyclable material

Curbside recycling programs that transition to the single-stream method using carts tend to see increases in participation and material recovery at a faster rate than programs that do not use single-stream. For instance, one city in Alabama that recently made the transition to single-stream carts realized an increase in participation of 26 percent and material recovery of roughly 40 percent.

Single-stream lowers program cost

Program cost savings realized when utilizing curbside single-stream recycling versus the current source separation method are as follows:

  • Decreased landfill disposal costs as result of decreased household garbage tonnage
  • Use of automated trucks for collection instead of specialized compartment‐sorted recycling trucks provide:
    • Fewer employees needed to collect recyclables
    • Increased worker safety
    • Decreased workers’ compensation insurance costs
    • Better collection route efficiency
    • Larger automated trucks will not fill up as fast due to size and the ability to compact the material in the vehicle versus the use of traditional recycling trucks