New facility signals return of recycling to the region

Santa Rosa County residents will have recycling service again soon thanks to the construction of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s state-of-the-art Interim Material Recycling Facility in Pensacola.

The 53,460 square-foot facility, adjacent to the Escambia County Perdido Landfill, comes with a price tag of $10.6 million and took nine months to design and build.

“We will do test loads and start calibrating equipment in the next seven to 10 days. We expect to be fully operational by the end of September,” said ECUA spokesperson Nathalie Bowers.

The news is welcome to Santa Rosa County residents who saw their recycling services halted in January. ECUA had been contracted to accept all recyclables in the count and transport them to a center in Montgomery, Ala. But IREP closed in October and ECUA began shipping the recyclables to Tarpon Paper Company in Loxley, Ala.

Because Tarpon was smaller than IREP, ECUA was forced to end its agreement with Santa Rosa County.

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