Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I ever seem to find a recycling bin when I need one?
We try very hard to put our limited number of recycing bins in convenient locations throughout the campus. If you know of a location that needs one, then please let us know.
I want to volunteer with the recycling program. What can I do to help out?
We could always use your help! Let us know what you would like to do.
Should I put food and trash in the recycling bins?
No! It makes our job that much more difficult, and it may have other consequences. For instance, the recycling stream may become "contaminated," so it has to be thrown out, or the offending recycling bin may be removed from its location. If you're not sure what goes into a bin, check the label or the website.
I have things to get rid of that aren't recycled on campus. What can I do with them?
There are many, many options. If you're still clueless, contact us and we might be able to help you.
- Try turning your old printer ink cartridges at office supply stores for a rebate, or you can have them refilled at Cartridge World in Vestavia Hills. The Leadership Studies office at BSC also has envelopes for you to mail in spent cartridges to be recycled.
- Recycle your shopping bags (paper or plastic) at Wal-Mart, Publix, and other such places. Or, avoid having extra bags at all by bringing your own bags to the store. Cloth bags work well for this purpose.
- The Alabama Environmental Council runs a recycling center in downtown Birmingham. They can recycle a few things we can't.
- Try Freecycling it. Other people may be able to reuse what you no longer need.
- Look through the Yellow Pages and search the Internet; you can recycle a ridiculous variety of things now: batteries, packing peanuts, and many others.