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County seeking new waste hauling contract

County seeking new waste hauling contract

Waste Pro could be out as Navarre’s solid waste hauler. After months of complaints by residents, Santa Rosa County is looking to re-bid the contract for garbage, yard waste and recycling hauling services in the unincorporated areas of the county according to documentation released today.  Under the proposal going before county commissioners Monday, a new […]

Navarre Beach’s trash gets bashed

Navarre Beach’s trash gets bashed

Thousands of pounds of garbage, such as fishing line and plastics, are left or washed up on Navarre Beach each year. Much of this debris can be harmful and even deadly to local wildlife such as endangered sea turtles, fish and nesting shore birds. But a troop of volunteers, armed with trash grabbers, are taking […]

Simplifying recycling

Simplifying recycling

Judging by our inboxes, there has been some confusion about the relaunch of recycling, specifically regarding what to put in the can. There are basically two lists of approved items floating around. One was originally produced by Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) back when their recycling plant in Perdido first opened. The second list is […]

Recycling restart stalled

Recycling restart stalled

Recycling has been out of service in Santa Rosa County since April 2019 when ECUA abruptly canceled the county’s contract, but county attorney Roy Andrews told commissioners in December 2019 recycling would be back operational Jan. 1. But the loads of paper, plastic, cardboard and metal are still going to the dump. Read the full […]

Recycling set to restart Jan. 1

Recycling set to restart Jan. 1

The return of recycling in Santa Rosa County finally has an official date on the books. County Commissioners moved forward this week with approving a final agreement with a third-party hauler to get gathered recyclables from the Central Landfill to Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s (ECUA) processing plant. While recyclables have continuously been picked up, they […]

Recycling still on hiatus

Recycling still on hiatus

Restoration of the recycling program in Santa Rosa County is stalled again, marking seven months of recyclable material being dumped in the landfill instead. With a new Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) contract in place, processing of Santa Rosa’s papers, metals, glasses and plastics was scheduled to resume in October. But the plan has hit […]

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

Of the discarded items gathered off Navarre Beach each month by volunteers, plastic toys are a common problem. Purchased for family fun in the sun, the items can get lost or even intentionally left behind in the sand.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recycling service to be interrupted

Recycling service to be interrupted

Effective April 30, ECUA will terminate their contract with Santa Rosa County for the transportation and processing of recyclables. The county is working with ECUA on a new contract for processing and seeking to replace the transportation services within the next few weeks. Recyclable material degrades if not sorted and stored properly, therefore recycling will […]

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 […]

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

Yard waste non-collection leaves customers frustrated

As Navarre residents lodge complaints over yard waste not being collected, a bid by Waste Management to limit the amount of waste they are required to pick up may cost them their contract with Santa Rosa County. Waste Management currently services roughly 13,000 residents in south Santa Rosa County with garbage, recycling, bulk and yard […]

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 […]

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 […]