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Sustainability

Tackling waste reduction and energy challenges requires all parts of our community to work together. Our sustainability team is working hard to improve and maintain Montevallo’s Recycling Center, improve the energy performance of municipal buildings, make the city's vehicle fleet more fuel efficient, and improve waste reduction throughout Montevallo. Montevallo's sustainability goals would not be nearly as robust without the help of our community organizations, city departments, University partnership, and support from the Mayor and City Council. Whether directly related to energy savings, emission reduction, or resource conservation, a sustainable Montevallo has a knack for doing good for the environment and its residents while cutting costs.

Check out our first ever Annual Sustainability Report! Some highlights from our 2019-2020 report include 111,760 lbs of waste diverted, 34,700 lbs donated to America’s Thrift Store, Municipal Carbon Footprint at 1,173.6 MT CO2E (Metric Tons of CO2 Emissions), $107,857 in grant funding awarded, walkability projects, and community engagement. It is available to view, download, and print at this link. If you have an idea of how to make Montevallo more sustainable, please do not hesitate to let us know! 

Also, be sure to check out our first edition “Reuse It Book”! This project was made in conjunction with the City of Montevallo and the University of Montevallo's Trio Upward Bound Program. It is available to view, download and print at this link, and in Spanish at this link

Recycling Center

The Montevallo Recycling Center serves residents by providing them a place to recycle their household materials at no cost. In the last year, the recycling center has become a one stop shop for recycling and reusing. We now offer easy recycling through a partnership with RePower South. We also have electronic recycling and plastic film recycling available at the center. In addition, we have an America’s thrift store donation bins available for all other donating needs. Please click this link to know what donations are and are not accepted. Other local places to take donations include but are not limited to other thrift stores, Shelby Emergency Assistance, Salvation Army, or post your unwanted items on Facebook marketplace to give them a second home. When all else fails, you can take your unwanted items to the Shelby County Landfill.

There is absolutely no dumping of mattresses, construction materials, appliances, air filters, trash, or dumping of any kind at after hours (whether recycled materials or not) at the Montevallo Recycling Center. Violators will be prosecuted – we have cameras!

The Montevallo Recycling Center serves residents by providing them a place to recycle their household materials at no cost. In the last year, the recycling center has become one stop shop for recycling and reusing. We now offer easy recycling through a partnership with RePower South. We also have electronic recycling and plastic film recycling available at the center. In addition, we have an America’s thrift store donation bins available for all other donating needs. Please click this link to know what donations are and are not accepted. Other local places to take donations include but are not limited to other thrift stores, Shelby Emergency Assistance, Salvation Army, or post your unwanted items on Facebook marketplace to give them a second home. When all else fails, you can take your unwanted items to the Shelby County Landfill.


There is absolutely no dumping of mattresses, construction materials, appliances, air filters, trash, or dumping of any kind at after hours (whether recycled materials or not) at the Montevallo Recycling Center. Violators will be prosecuted – we have cameras! 

To Recycle Household Items

 

Step 1: Collect recyclables at home. See this PDF for what items are and are not accepted

Accepted Items

All Types of Paper

  • Shredded, Office, Magazine, Newspaper, Junk Mail, Cupons, ect. 
  • Shelby Humane and MAC Animal Hospital will accept newspapers for their puppy pens. MAC Animal Hospital has let us know they are in need, and they have a drop off box at their clinic (4300 HWY 31 Calera, AL 35040)

All Types of Cardboard 

  • Corrugated and Paperboard
  • Make sure materials and flattened and free of styrofoam

Plastics #1, #2, and #5

  • Soad and Water Bottles (#1)
  • Condiment Jars (#1)
  • Berry and Salad Containers (#1)
  • Tea, Juice and Milk Jugs (#2)
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent Bottles (#2) Did you know laundry pods are more sustainable? Make the Switch!
  • Soap, Shampoo, and Conditioner Bottles (#2)
  • Yogurt Containers (#5)
  • Food Storage Containers (#5)
  • Red SOLO Cups (#5)
  • To-Go Coffee Cups (#5)
  • Prescription Bottles (#5) 

All Types of Cans 

  • Steel, Aluminum, and Tin Cans 


Items Not Accepted 

  • No Glass
  • No Bulky Plastic Items (Coolers, Bins, Toys or To-Go Containers)
  • No Styrofoam (To-Go Containers, Coffee Cups, or Packing Peanuts) 
  • No Garden Hoses, Rope, Extension Cords, or Chains
  • Absolutely No Household Garbage or Food Waste 

Step 2: Bing Recyclables to the Center

There is no longer a need to seperate materials and you can now bring materials bagged together!

Step 3: Put Materials Directly into the Compactor 

Both sides of the compactor are available for a quick and easy drop off!

 

Don't forget, the best way to be environmentally friendly is to resure and reduce what you already have and refuse sincle use items!

Check out the first edition of Montevallo's Resue It Book!

 (And here in Spanish)

Electronic Recycling

The City of Montevallo has partnered with Protec Recycling to offer electronic recycling for our residents! E-recycling will be the last Friday of each month, or by appointment only. To set up an appointment, contact Olivia Barone.

Please see this list of accepted items and this list of non-permissible items. CRT Monitors are not accepted.  

TREX Plastic Film

 

Montevallo also entered Trex’s plastic film recycling challenge where, for every 500 pounds of plastic film, about 40,500 bags collected in 6 months, Trex will exchange the plastic for an outdoor bench. We collected and recycled our first 500lbs in less than 6 months. Our first bench was installed in Owl’s Cove Park in November 2020 to celebrate America Recycles Day!

Collect and drop off your plastic film at City Hall or at the Recycling Center in designated bins.

Plastic film includes grocery bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, cereal bags, and produce bags. All plastic bags must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.

Are you up for the challenge? Ready, set, recycle!

Walkability

Montevallo takes pride in its parks, walkable downtown, and public art.  In a partnership with Commute Smart Birmingham, three additional bike racks have been installed along our Main Street corridor. CommuteSmart is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve air quality and reduce congestion by encouraging alternative modes of transportation. They offer incentives and services to help ease your transition from driving alone to a cleaner commute. Earn rewards by creating an account here.

Montevallo has done three walkability priorities projects approved by council this year. The three projects include an ADA Compliant Transition Plan, Sustainability Council Committee new construction projects and Shelby County engineers plan for reconstruction.
Here is our updated list of the first $250,000 worth of sidewalk projects, both new construction and upgrades.

Energy

Montevallo regards energy efficiency as a top priority as our parks, fire department and city hall are equipped with LED and motion sensor lights. Our downtown Main Street corridor also has LED lights and, most recently, Montevallo has partnered with Alabama Power to change our streetlights to LED. 

The City of Montevallo was awarded a $34,000 grant from Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) from the U.S. Department of Energy. Montevallo applied to retrofit the lights in Parnell Memorial Library with LED. This was a collaborative effort with Library Director, Savanah Kitchens, Public Works Director, Kirk Hamby, and the Public works department staff.  The grant will save the City $10,000 on energy bills, reduce the library’s energy consumption by 67,000 KwH. This will take Parnell Memorial Library from top energy user to third. We expect this to be demonstration project for future retrofits and energy efficiency projects. 

Contact

Olivia Barone

Phone: 205-732-0538
Email

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Location: 1120 Overland Road, Montevallo, AL 35115

Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Holiday Closures

The Montevallo Recycling Center follows all holidays observed by The City of Montevallo.