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The Arc of Jefferson County’s RecyclABILITY program is a secure shredding service that employs people with intellectual disabilities.  Our two shredding trucks along with our employees can come to your business or residence to help you destroy confidential documents safely, and the remnants are then recycled.

RecylABILITY provides invaluable employment opportunities for 17 of our individuals served who lived previously in institutions and are currently enrolled in our Employment Services program. This program has received AAA Certification by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) every year since it began.

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Shredding services are available to businesses and individuals with no minimum pound requirement. Secure shredding bins are offered in two sizes. The first is a neutral light-gray laminate container designed to blend in with the office environment. It is equipped with a tamper-evident locking system that includes a drawstring nylon bag for ease in securing and removing contents. The size of this secure container is 36″H x 21.5″W x 16″D. The second is light-gray in color with tamper-evident locking system and has a capacity of 64 gallon secure cart. It is capable of handling up to 200 lbs of shreddable material.

“We had the best experience with ARC’s RecyclABILITY Program.  As a large real estate company, we have to purge all of our files annually, and shredding is the only safe way to get rid of it.  Using the Arc for our shredding was easy, efficient and affordable.  Their staff is enthusiastic and helpful, and I could tell they love their jobs.  I have referred them as much as possible and will continue to do so. We will definitely be using them again in the future.”

Angela M. Gurley, RE/MAX Advantage

Special Project Services

In addition to recurring on-site secure shredding services, RecyclABILITY offers Special Project Destruction service for the periodic or one-time shredding of sensitive paper documents. This includes the destruction of paper documents to maintain compliance, facility relocations and clearing out storerooms to create extra space.

Our next community SHRED DAY will be August 9th 12pm to 1:30pm at the Metro Church in the church’s main parking lot. The Metro Church is located at 2800 Metropolitan Way, Birmingham, AL 35243.

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What to shred?

Contracts, Customer files, Payroll Information, Purchase Orders, Operation Manuals & More!

There’s no need to remove staples, paperclips, fasteners or typewriter ribbon.

Imaging Services

The Arc of Jefferson County’s recyclABILITY Imaging Services helps residents and businesses convert paper into PDFs. With the Arc’s imaging services documents can be converted into digital format that can be stored securely. The Arc’s skilled employees with disabilities perform the time-consuming task of scanning items and saving images for business or personal use. Information is indexed to each customer’s specifications and saved to an external hard drive. Any of the following items can be converted into digital formats: contracts, health records, tax documentation and much more.

John Norman’s testimonial – Rivers of Living Waters Faith Church

“I recently used The Arc’s recyclABILITY scanning services. It was a very quick turnaround; I was contacted immediately and the scans were good quality and properly aligned. I was really impressed how easy and economical this was. I also use their shredding services and have been for the last three years. They have never missed an appointment, are courteous and thorough. I couldn’t be happier with their services.”

How much does it cost?

Our prices are competitive and are a fixed rate per container so it’s easy for you to control. We schedule regular pick ups or a flat rate for a one-time pick up depending on volume.

Learn More or Get Started

To find out more about the RecyclABILITY program, contact Letessia Penick by calling 205.423.6234 or email her at You can also just fill out the form below, and one of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible:

Ever wondered what typical day looks like for our team? Check out this new video to see what they get up too!

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Josh’s Story:

josh2“It’s Shred Day and a warm and windy Thursday.  Josh is welcoming members of the community who have come to support The Arc’s RecyclABILITY Program at the Alice Pigman Campus. When prompted about the weather a big smile lights up Josh’s face.

“I work inside at my other job, so I like to be outside when I can. Especially on a day like today when you don’t have to worry about bugs!” says Josh.

Josh began working with The Arc’s RecyclABILITY Program in the summer of 2013 in addition to his job at The Arc’s Tom Leonard Center assisting with janitorial duties. The program offers onsite, eco-friendly shredding for all confidential information.  Most importantly, this job allows Josh to be out in the community and to bring in his own income.

“I gotta tell ya.  I love making money,” Josh laughs. “I go shopping with my dad and I like being able to buy what I want with my money!”josh1

Josh has also participated in the Residential Program since he came to The Arc seven years ago. He likes to spend time around the house watching football, baseball, basketball, soccer and wrestling.  Quite the avid sports fan made obvious by the enthusiasm he exudes when the conversation shifts to sports, Josh states, “I plan on going to some baseball and football games when I save up some of my paycheck!”

According to Larry, Josh’s dad and a member of the Arc of Jefferson County Board of Directors, “The RecyclABILITY Program is good for Josh in that it allows him to meet new people. Josh is in his comfort zone when he’s talking and making new friends.”

So while the RecyclABILITY program can keep your materials confidential and will leave a green footprint in the environment, it along with all The Arc’s Employment Services also allows individuals like Josh to become more independent, viable members of the community in which they live.”

To read more stories like Josh’s, visit our Featured Stories section.