The Birmingham-Southern College recycling program is a joint venture of BSC EnAct, the Southern Environmental Center, and countless enthusiastic campus community members. Hundreds of paper and bottles and cans bins are dispersed throughout the campus in the residence halls and academic buildings. These bins are periodically emptied by the housekeeping staff. The contents are subsequently transported to the recycling center by Operations. Once the recyclables are there, the student recycling coordinator sorts the materials by hand, removes any nonrecyclable materials, and prepares the recyclables to be picked up by the City of Birmingham's recycling service each Wednesday morning.
Currently the recycling program is participating in an innovative plastic bottle reuse program run by TerraCycle. This company packages one of its products in used 20-ounce soda bottles. Birmingham-Southern provides them with bottles and is reimbursed $0.05 per bottle. This funding goes towards covering operating costs of the Southern Environmental Center.
Not many people know that ever since SEC arranged for BSC Faculty living on Greensboro Road to be provided with curbside recycling service, this street has had one of the highest participation rates in Birmingham! In addition, BSC faculty and staff living in areas where there isn't curbside recycling can bring their recyclables directly to the operations compound transfer site. Old cell phones can be brought to SEC for recycling. Used clothing and small appliances can be placed in recycling dumpster next to newspaper bin opposite BSC EcoScape. In addition, BSC has an internal recycling program for leaves, wood pallets, BSC computers, and cooking grease from the Caf.