The Lee County Environmental Services Department serves unincorporated Lee County and the small municipalities of Waverly and Loachapoka with its solid waste disposal and recycling program. The Department has 35 employees. In personnel reorganization, three enforcement officers previously counted in the Department’s total employees have been re-assigned to the Sheriff’s Department with the entire Sherriff’s Department now responsible for enforcing solid waste laws. An additional employee has been hired in Environmental Services as a Recycling Technician. These employment changes are providing additional capacity for recycling and solid waste disposal enforcement.
For an annual fee, Lee County residents and businesses have access to garbage disposal seven days per week. The County operates 15 garbage disposal sites, with plans in place to add a 16th garbage disposal site which will include a recycling center.
The County offers recycling at seven (7) of its drop off sites.
District 2 Disposal Site on Alabama Highway 51
- Beulah Disposal Site on Lee Road 270
- Backwaters Disposal Site on Lee Road 379
- Bottle Disposal Site on US Hwy 280W
- 29S on US Hwy 29 south of Auburn
- Motts Disposal Site on US Highway 280/431 in Smiths Station
- "12" Disposal Site on Lee Road 240
At all recycling disposal sites, the Countycollects the following recyclable materials: newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books, shredded paper, cardboard, scrap metal and appliances. By recycling, we save residents money and save space in the landfill. Recycled materials are sold, and the money is spent to keep up equipment and to buy additional recycling equipment. Our goal is to continue to build our recycling program so that we can offer recycling at all of our sites. In addition, we strive to add other items to what we currently recycle.
The County collects recycling at twelve (12) schools. The schools collect mixed paper, cardboard, and tin cans from each school kitchen. The kids love our program, and we are saving the school system thousands of dollars on their trash bill.
The County also collects recycling in a box truck with crew cab and lift gate. The County weighs materials collected in this truck to accurately maintain collection records.
City of Opelika
The City of Opelika has three full-service drop off sites for recycling. These are located at:
- Miles Thomas Field (on Rocky Brook Road, by the Municipal Park)
- Michael Covington Recreation Center (on Carver Avenue)
- Westside (Grand National Parkway)
There is also a recycling site, located at the Pi Shopping Center, for newspapers and magazines.
Items accepted for recycling include:
- Newspaper (no glossy paper)
- Clear and colored glass
- Aluminum and/or steel cans
- Plastic jugs
- Cardboard (broken down only)
For RESIDENTIAL curbside pickup of large amounts of cardboard please contact the Solid Waste Department at 705-5480.
The City of Opelika also collects recycling at the following schools:
City of Auburn
The City of Auburn established the 1st drop-off center and curbside collection programs in Alabama! The city drop off center is located at 365-A North Donahue Drive, north of the Auburn University campus and between Bragg and West Drake Avenue. The center is well-lighted, open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day in an effort to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. All recycling should be separated and then placed into the designated roll-off container for that product. Click here to view the items accepted at the drop off center and to learn more about the City's curbside collection program, applicance disposal, household hazardous waste day and much more! (link to the COA Community Resource Guide)
The Auburn University Waste Reduction and Recycling Department (WRRD) offers recycling opportunities throughout campus. WRRD has established 3 main programs to recycle and reduce waste on campus: Campus Building Recycling, Residential Recycling, Dining Hall Recycling and Game Day Recycling. Visit WRRD's website to read about these great programs and learn how you can get involved! (Link to the WRRD site)