Mobile County Recycling Center

Developed by the Mobile County Commission, the Mobile County Recycling Center is operated by Goodwill Easterseals for the conservation and protection of coastal areas.  It is funded with qualified outer continental shelf oil and gas revenues by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration Program, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (For more information about funding or the facility, please call 251-459-8426).

A the Mobile County Recycling Center we accept residential household recyclables, which are processed at our facility and then and shipped out to processors. The range of materials we are able to accept is largely dictated by the demand present in the market and the availability of funding for various programs. Given these conditions, the materials we accept may be subject to change. 

Items we accept
Items we don’t accept



Plastic #1

Plastic #2

Plastic #3-7

Glass bottles and jars

Aluminum cans

Steel cans

Plastic bags

Electronics (computers, printers, etc.)





Food contaminated items

Wax covered paperboard (ie. cartons, cups)

Compressed air tanks (i.e. propane)

Anything that previously contained hazardous materials

Medical waste

Chemicals (paint, cleaners, etc.)

Construction materials

Large appliances

Scrap metal





Sorting Guidelines

To avoid contamination, we ask that you rinse items that previously held foodstuff or liquid, uncap bottles/jars, and remove items from any bags before placing them in the bins.


We are unable to receive materials commingled and require individuals to separate them into their corresponding bins. Below you will find a breakdown of our bins.


Plastic #1             Plastic #2             Plastic #3-6

(More details on plastic below)


Cardboard        Paper        Office Paper


Green                   Clear             Brown


Steel cans           Aluminum cans               Aluminum Foil


Electronics and donations are collected in bins inside the warehouse. To find them, walk through the roll up door  by the cardboard bin, the farthest one from the entrance gate, and they will be on your left. 

Plastic grades:

The center has 3 bins for plastic collection: a bin for #1, a bin for #2, and a bin for #3-7

#1: PETE or PET Most often called PET, #1 bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate.  This plastic is most commonly used for water and soda bottles, peanut butter and other food jars, and such. PET plastic includes almost all clear/transparent bottles, jars, and jugs.

#2: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)  HDPE is used for thin products such as milk jugs, detergent bottles, shampoo/conditioner bottles, bleach bottles, and vinegar bottles. HDPE plastic is composed of almost all opaque and solid colored bottles, jars, and jugs.

#3, #4, #5, #6, & #7:  This is a commingled mix of different categories of plastic. This is where any plastic household items other than bottles, jars, are collected. This mix includes food packaging, food storage containers, storage tubs, yogurt tubs, plastic cups, and cutlery. Rigid plastic, such as that found in furniture, equipment, and computers, isn’t accepted.

The Mobile County Recycling Center is located at 7450 Hitt Road in Mobile, AL. It operates seven days a week from 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM. Contact: Sara Boccardo, Director of Sustainability at 251-459-8426 or

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