Mountain Brook reduced its recycling contamination most across six months in a competition with Hoover, Homewood and Vestavia Hills. The public awareness effort tried to spread the word that it’s better “when in doubt” to “throw it out” than put non-recyclable material into the system.

Firehouse Shelter will be a beneficiary of the challenge. Council members from the cities that lost will donate to the organization and Community Foundation of Birmingham and Birmingham Recycling and Recovery are each donating $2,500 to the shelter.

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