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Recycling revived in Santa Rosa County

Recycling revived in Santa Rosa County

Reviving recycling in Santa Rosa County will cost $320,000 a year and could leave the county trapped in contract for at least two years under a proposal from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA). The Board of County Commissioners approved that agreement July 11, finally reviving the county’s recycling program. Santa Rosa recyclables have been heading […]

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Waste Pro under scrutiny, recycling in limbo

Continued complaints against south Santa Rosa waste hauling contractor Waste Pro prompted the Board of County Commissioners to call for answers. Division Manager Rick Chancey addressed the commissioners’ concerns June 27 during the board’s regular meeting. He acknowledged that the company had difficulties for several months in serving its 23,001 customers.   Read the full […]

Santa Rosa recycling headed to the dump

Santa Rosa recycling headed to the dump

Recycling services in Santa Rosa County are likely to end Thursday as Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) prepares to reject the county’s new rate proposal. The Board of County Commissioners weighed the options presented by County Engineer Roger Blaylock during their Monday meeting.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre […]

Reviving recycling hits snag in Santa Rosa

Reviving recycling hits snag in Santa Rosa

When recycling services were interrupted in Santa Rosa County, it appeared the county would have service restored quickly. But recyclable material is still headed to the dump after Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) failed to approve the processing agreement with the county May 28, leaving the service in limbo for yet another month.   Read […]

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags are safe for now

Feather flags in Santa Rosa County may be legal, at least for the time being. After a County Code enforcement crackdown resulted in more than 100 warnings and 20 citations in three weeks, the Board of County Commissioners was seeking leniency in enforcement of sign ordinances Monday during its regular meeting.   Read the full […]

Recycling services halted; county working new contract

Recycling services halted; county working new contract

Recycling for Santa Rosa County has come to a temporary stop because of a cancellation of services by Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, the county’s hauler for recyclables. While the county’s waste collection franchises, Waste Pro in south county and ECUA in the north end, will still collect recyclables, they will be taken to Central Landfill […]

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Waste Pro to take over waste disposal services

Following customer complaints about failures to collect yard waste and a request for more money, Waste Management lost the contract for servicing south Santa Rosa County residents earlier this year. Starting Jan. 1, there will be a new waste hauler in town: Waste Pro. The contract covers 13,000 residents of south Santa Rosa County including […]

Williamson slams Holley by the Sea over stormwater drainage

Williamson slams Holley by the Sea over stormwater drainage

At the first stop on his third annual listening tour, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rob Williamson took the opportunity to chastise the Holley By the Sea homeowners association in Navarre for its lack of drainage infrastructure. During the informal July 6 roundtable at Tiger Point Community Center in Gulf Breeze, Williamson, District 4 commissioner, […]

Landfill tipping fees going up in January

Landfill tipping fees going up in January

An annual increase in Class I and Class III Tipping Fees at the Central Landfill is being moved ahead by one quarter. Rather than an April increase, garbage collection companies will see an increase in January. The Board of County Commissioners approved moving the date to January. Previously the fees were scheduled to go up […]

Holley-Navarre Water wants beach utility for free

Holley-Navarre Water wants beach utility for free

  In corporate mergers, the deals sometimes include exchanges of stock, assumption of debt or cash paid by the acquiring company. But in Holley-Navarre Water System’s proposed acquisition of Navarre Beach Water System, the small county-owned utility would essentially be gifted to the mainland  nonprofit. “We won’t pay anything,” said Paul Gardner, Holley-Navarre’s general manager. […]

Ready to restart recycling?

Ready to restart recycling?

Starting Oct. 3, thousands of tons of used glass, paper products, plastics and more from Santa Rosa County will once again be collected curbside, processed and sold to be recycled. Curbside recycling for the county ceased back in January after the closest processing plant in Montgomery, Ala. unexpectedly shut its doors. The Emerald Coast Utilities […]

New facility signals return of recycling to the region

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 […]

Recycling service coming soon to Santa Rosa

Recycling service coming soon to Santa Rosa

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is nearing completion of the $10.6 million Interim Materials Recycling Facility according to ECUA Spokesperson Nathalie Bowers.  “We are on the homestretch on the construction,” she said. “We will be hosting a kick-off event on August 22, then for the next few weeks we will be fine-tuning the operation.  Hopefully […]

County and cities seek recycling in Perdido

County and cities seek recycling in Perdido

The cities of Gulf Breeze and Milton are in discussions to mirror Santa Rosa County’s proposed agreement to send residents’ recyclables to the new Emerald Coast Utilities Authority facility in Escambia County when it opens this summer. Separate contracts that are now in the works would join about 27,000 residents of the county and two […]

No short-term solutions for recycling

No short-term solutions for recycling

Santa Rosa County continues to have discussions with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, to identify an alternative for recycling. ECUA was contracted to accept all recyclables in Santa Rosa County and transport them to a center in Montgomery, Ala. This center abruptly closed in October 2015. ECUA then began transporting recyclables to Tarpon Paper Company in […]

Recycling cost prohibitive says county

Recycling cost prohibitive says county

The Dec. 16 announcement by Santa Rosa County that recycling services would no longer be available led to a community outcry for the county to find resolution.  The past agreement was for waste service providers to pick up customers’ recycling at curbside and transport it to Central Landfill for pick-up by Emerald Coast Utilities Authority […]

Recycling without south end drop off sites

Recycling without south end drop off sites

For south Santa Rosa residents who have been separating recyclables from trash and putting them out for curbside pick up, keep up the good work. Emerald Coast Utilities Authority crews have been processing at the Central Landfill in Milton since July 7. However, unlike the previous contract, no drop off locations are available in the […]