Recycling in Escambia County resumed this week for the first time since Hurricane Sally damaged the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s recycling facility at the Perdido Landfill.
ECUA officials said in a news release that repairs to the facility had progressed enough for sanitation crews to begin processing recyclables in a “soft restart” of the recycling program in Escambia County and the parts of Santa Rosa County that the utility services.
The canvas material that covered the outer shell of the ECUA Materials Recycling Facility was largely shredded by high winds from Hurricane Sally.
ECUA spokesman Jim Roberts said the damage to the facility wasn’t as bad as initially suspected, and crews got the facility operational quicker than expected.
Roberts said while there was damage to the electrical systems, much of the equipment needed to operate the facility was sparred.
“We have a robotic system that automatically separates plastics, it didn’t even get wet,” Roberts said. “So we really came out of it much better than we thought.”
Sally shuts down recycling: ECUA recycling facility damaged in Hurricane Sally, recycling on hold for 4 to 6 weeks
Trucks resumed collecting curbside recycling Oct. 12, ECUA announced.
“We urge our recycling customers to be mindful of what they place in the recycling cans and to check our website for the most current list of accepted items,” the news release states.
With the recycling facility back in operation, the city of Pensacola announced it would resume recycling pickup starting Monday.
Roberts said county-run drop-off recycling sites remain closed.
The utility warned if the recycling collected from homes contained too much unrecyclable material, the load would be disposed of in the county landfill.
Since Hurricane Sally, ECUA said it had collected nearly double the amount of garbage it usually collects.
ECUA crews collected a total of 9,927 tons of garbage in September, compared to 5,676 tons of garbage collected during the same time last year. In the first week of October, crews collected 3,764 tons of garbage.
ECUA officials said yard debris and bulk waste collection also would resume, but crews will not pick up waste that is related to Hurricane Sally. Escambia County, rather than ECUA, is responsible for collecting storm debris.
ECUA yard trash crews will only pick up “green” limbs and branches that appear to be freshly cut and are within normal ECUA yard trash collection limits. Bulk waste crews will no pick up any building materials, carpet, fencing or any other storm-related debris, according to ECUA.
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