The “three R’s” to some people are “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic,” but in the recycling world they are “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” On Saturday, April 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) and Pensacola Beach Advocates (PBA) will focus their attention on recycling, sea turtle education, and environmental initiatives. The free event, at Casino Beach, also features paper shredding and a community yard sale.

In support of “Earth Day-Island Style,” ECUA sponsored a recycling coloring contest at Pensacola Beach Elementary School (PBES). Visitors to the event will have an opportunity to see all of the artwork submitted from the students at PBES.

The ECUA will display new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Hybrid vehicles, in addition provide free giveaways to promote recycling on Pensacola Beach. Staff members will also discuss new ECUA environmental programs.

A Sea Turtle Homecoming, “A Celebration of our Sea Turtles who Return to Nest (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.),” will offer fun activities for children at this educational event to increase awareness on how we can coexist with these amazing visitors and still enjoy our beach. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center will be on-site raising funds dedicated to a rehabilitation center for injured and sick sea turtles.
Gilmore Services will provide free paper shredding, and participants are encouraged to bring up to 50 lbs. of household paper documents.  This offer is limited to residential participants only.

Lastly, the PBA is conducting a Community Yard Sale in the Casino Beach parking lot. Interested participants can obtain an application by going to the PBA web site,, or by picking up an application at the Pensacola Beach Visitors Center.  A Goodwill Easter Seals collection truck will also be on-site for anyone wishing to donate items.

From left to right
3rd Place- Jon Ryland
2nd Place- Maggie Feltenberger
1st Place- Micah Fournier
3rd Place- Zack Smoker
Back Row- Amanda Handrahan/ECUA Recycling Coordinator