What’s the difference between garbage and trash?
What happens to my garbage or trash when I put it on the curb?
Once garbage trucks are loaded, the majority of them empty their trucks at the Huntsville Waste-to-Energy facility. One of the great advantages of this facility is that it reduces the volume of garbage by 90%. So, only 10% of the volume of garbage that we put on the curb is actually landfilled.
By the time our garbage goes through the combustion process at the facility, it becomes ash, which is transported to the landfill for disposal. However, we go one step further before disposing of the ash. We remove the ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the ash and send them to be recycled.
Another big advantage of the waste-to-energy facility is that the combustion process produces steam that Redstone Arsenal uses to heat its buildings and run some of its equipment. Also, the facility is equipped with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment, which monitors the round-the-clock combustion processes.
Who do I call if my garbage is not picked up?
The Solid Waste Disposal Authority is responsible for garbage disposal, not garbage collection. Please call the following offices for assistance regarding your garbage collection:
City of Huntsville Residents
Huntsville City Sanitation Department | 256-883-3964
For a holiday collection schedule go to the Public Works section of the City’s website.
City of Madison Residents
Madison County Waste Control Department | 256-532-1513
Or go to the Madison County website, scroll to the bottom of the County Departments page.
Madison County Residents
Madison County Waste Control Department | 256-532-1513
Or go to the Madison County website and scroll to the bottom of the County Departments page.
How do I dispose of flammable, toxic, or poisonous items in my garage?
Bring these items to the Handle with Care household hazardous waste facility at 1055 A Cleaner Way in Huntsville on Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. No charge. Additional off‐site collection events will be held throughout the year. View the upcoming Community Collection Event (CCE) dates HERE. Special arrangements can be made for the handicapped and disabled by calling 256-882-0155. For a complete list of acceptable items, go to the Household Hazardous Waste Program page.
Can I bring garbage to the waste-to-energy facility or the landfill myself – and what is the cost?
Yes, both disposal facilities accept garbage from individuals and businesses. Disposal rates vary according to type of material and weight; so you may want to call ahead and get information, 256-880-6054. The Huntsville Landfill is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The landfill is closed on weekends. The waste-to-energy facility is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
I’ve just done a major garage/storage building clean up and want to dispose of some “stuff” – do I take it to the waste-to-energy facility or the landfill?
|Small burnable items||Furniture|
|Paper products||Construction and demolition debris|
|Tree limbs, stumps, brush (“green” waste)|
|Passenger & Large tires (truck/heavy equipment tires)|
Items like paint/paint products, lawn and garden poisons, used motor oil, antifreeze, automotive fluids, cleaners, solvents, acids, batteries and fluorescent lights should be taken to the Handle With Care household hazardous waste facility, 1055 A Cleaner Way Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. For a complete list of acceptable items, go to the Household Hazardous Waste Program page.
How do I get a blue recycling cart?
For information and to sign up for the new free curbside cart recycling program beginning August 1, 2019, please visit the Recycling Alliance of North Alabama (RANA) here
What can I put in my recycling cart?
Metal read more
Paper Products read more
Newspapers and Inserts
Magazines and Catalogs
Junk Mail and Stationery
Shredded Paper (in bags)
Computer and Printer Paper
School and Office Paper
Paperback Books and Phone Books
Cereal and Pasta Boxes
Tissue Boxes and Beverage Cartons
Cardboard read more
#1 and #2 Narrow Neck Plastic Bottles read more
Soft Drink Bottles
Laundry Detergent Bottles
Cartons read more
Cardboard Egg Crates
Household Hazardous Waste
What is household hazardous waste?
It is any product or material that can present an environmental hazard when used, stored, or disposed of improperly. Residents of Huntsville and Madison County can safely dispose of these items at the Handle With Care household hazardous waste facility, 1055 A Cleaner Way Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. For questions, please call 256-882-0155.
When is the household hazardous waste collection?
Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Handle With Care household hazardous waste facility, 1055 A Cleaner Way. Additional off‐site collection events will be held throughout the year. View the upcoming Community Collection Event (CCE) dates HERE. For more information, go to the Household Hazardous Waste Program page or call 256-882-0155.
What are the landfill hours? Rates? Address?
4100 Leeman Ferry Road
(just south of the Leeman Ferry and Johnson Road intersection)
Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed
*Minimum charges apply in all categories
|Municipal Solid Waste
(household garbage) at Landfill and Steam plant
|$39.90 per ton|
|Construction and Demolition Waste,
Yard Waste and certain other waste
Examples include: Sheet rock, wallboard, panels, lumber, wood pallets, roofing, wiring, and non-hazardous electrical scrap, pipe, building construction metals, insulation (excluding asbestos), brick, concrete, asphalt, stone, soil, trees, limbs, shrubbery and grass trimmings.
|$26.50 per ton|
Accepted under specific guidelines. Call 256-881-8700 for instructions.
|Call for details|
If I want to tour the waste-to-energy facility or the landfill, who do I contact?
Waste-to-energy facility: 256-882-1019
What is included in these waste disposal facility tours? What type of groups can come on tours?
My employee lost a scale house ticket and we need to get a copy?
Ticket copies are available by calling 256-880-6054. Cost per copy is $10.
How can I open a business account?
Business accounts are available. Click here for more information.
Who do area businesses call to get information about hazardous waste disposal?
Please call 256-880-6054 for assistance.