Opelika Introduces New Recycling Campaign

For Immediate Release

Further Information:
Tipi Miller
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Keep Opelika Beautiful Celebrates 20 Years

Opelika, Alabama (March 21, 2017) Keep Opelika will celebrate 20 years of service to Opelika this year. Started as a committee of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, Keep Opelika Beautiful became certified as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate on March 26, 1997. The founding director of the organization was Shirley Flora. Upon her retirement in 2007, Tipi Miller was announced as director.

As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Opelika Beautiful joins more than 620 organizations nationwide in the endeavor to end litter, increase recycling and beautify communities. Keep Opelika Beautiful has been the recipient of the Presidential Circle for Keep America Beautiful for the past 9 years.

“Keep Opelika Beautiful has made an incredible impact on Opelika through the recycling events, school programs, educational seminars, greenspace enhancement and so much more. We are honored to have faithful backing from our community. An organization is only as strong as the volunteers that support it” said Tipi Miller, director of Keep Opelika Beautiful.

Earlier this month Keep Opelika Beautiful kicked off its “Love Where You Live Campaign” in honor of the 20th anniversary. Other celebration activities will take place at Garden in the Park on Saturday, May 6th.

For more information, contact Keep Opelika Beautiful at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (334) 749-4970.


Azalea & Dogwood Trail- look for green directional arrows


Enter Trail at Second Avenue and Eighth Street

            (The Heritage House is on your right)

Proceed down Eighth Street, turning left on Fourth Avenue

Proceed on Fourth Avenue, turning right on 10th Street

At the split in the road, turn right onto Collinwood Street

Upon entering Collinwood, turn left onto West Collinwood Circle
Continue, crossing Collinwood Street

Turn right onto East Collinwood Circle then left onto Collinwood Street

At the intersection of 10th Street, turn right

Turn left onto Ridgewood Drive

Turn right onto Piedmont Avenue continuing down the hill

At the Jackson’s Lake, turn left onto Laurel Street

Turn right onto Bonita Drive

Proceed down Bonita Drive until it turns in to Terracewood Drive (at curve)

Proceed on Terracewood Drive- Turning right at directional arrow

Proceed up hill to turnaround in front of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Newman’s Home

Enter once again on Terracewood by turning left

Proceed up the hill on Terracewood and turn left onto Lakeshore Drive

Turn right onto Shamrock Drive

Once intersected with Bonita Drive, turn right

Turn left onto Victoria Street

Continue on Victoria until the intersection of 10th Street, turn right

Turn left onto 6th Avenue and follow through the Historic District
At Northside School, turn left onto 5th Avenue
Continue one block, turning right onto Park Road
At the covered bridge enjoy a brief stop as you stroll through the Caroline Dean Wildflower Trail
Continue on Park Road, turning right onto Rocky Brook Road
Turn right onto 4th Avenue

Continue until intersection with 8th Street and turn left.

For Further Information Contact:
Tipi Miller
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Keep Opelika Beautiful to host Recycle & Shred Day

Opelika, Alabama (March 15, 2017). – Keep Opelika Beautiful will host a free Recycle & Shred Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event will be from 8 to 11am at the Jeter Recycle Center located at 675 Jeter Avenue. This site is across the street from Jeter Primary School.

The document shred will be held in conjunction with River Mills Shredding Service of Columbus, Georgia. All shredding for this event will be done onsite. Following the event, River Mills will mix the shredded paper with paper from other clients. Paper clips and staples do not have to be taken out but paper will need to be removed from binders. There is a 10-box limit.

Other items accepted daily at the Jeter Recycle Center include electronics, aluminum cans, appliances, cardboard, glass (brown, clean & green), newspaper, plastic, scrap iron, steel cans, tires, used cooking oil and yard debris. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 2pm and Saturday from 8am to noon.

For more information, contact Keep Opelika Beautiful at (334) 749-4970 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



All recycling convenience centers in Opelika have been converted to single-stream with all sites receiving cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum cans and steel cans. Cardboard should be placed in the cardboard trailers with all other recycling comingled in the black 300-gallon carts. The transition has been smooth and residents have been very responsive to the change. There are a few items recyclers need to be aware of.


NO PLASTIC BAGS.All recycling other than cardboard should be placed in the black containers loose, not bagged. This is necessary for the material to be processed at the Columbus Recycling facility. There have been a few residents that continue to place bags in the containers that are filled with recycling materials. These bags are being removed and placed in the trash. If we miss some of these bags and they are shipped to Columbus, our loads could be rejected. Also, some residents are bringing bags filled with plastic bags they receive while shopping for groceries and other goods. Please do not put these bags in our 300-gallon carts, but return them to the stores that gave them to you.


NO BAGS PERIOD. Please do not place any type bags or sheet plastic in the containers. This includes plastic bags, animal food bags, lawn product bags, zip lock bags, and all other bags. These bags clog up the processors at the Columbus Recycling Facility and could cause our loads to be rejected.  


WASH FOOD CONTAINERS. All containers that had food products in them need to be washed and cleaned. Items not washed and cleaned are trash and should not be placed in the recycling containers.


CRUSH PLASTIC CONTAINERS. Please crush all your plastic containers if possible. This takes up less space in our containers and helps us service the containers less often, therefore saving fuel and labor.


NO GLASS.Glass will contaminate our loads and the Columbus Recycling Facility will reject them because their facility is not designed to process glass. When our full service convenience center opens on Jeter Street this Fall glass will be accepted there and shipped directly to a glass recycling facility in Atlanta, Georgia.



NO GARBAGE, TRASH OR WOOD.These items will contaminate our loads and they will be rejected because the Columbus Recycling Facility is not designed to handle garbage, trash or wood.


RECYCLING INFORMATION.   All convenience centers have signs and information boxes listing all the recycling information. Please read the signs and take one of the flyers. If you have any questions, please call us at 334.705.5480 or check us out at www.opelika.org.


Converting the old system to single-stream recycling is a process and requires many people to change the way they have been bringing recycling to the sites. We have made much progress over the first month and look forward to a very successful recycling program. Don’t forget to sign up for curbside recycling on www.opelika.org. Thanks to the many of you that recycle.