ECUA to Service County Recycling Drop Off Locations

Effective May 1, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding that allows the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority to assume collection of recyclables at all drop-off centers in the county.

ECUA has replaced the roll off-style containers with front-end loading models that will increase efficiency by allowing ECUA’s collection vehicles, powered by compressed natural gas, to transport more material with fewer trips.  Site storage capacity will remain the same, and the frequency of collection will be adjusted, if needed.  Citizens may continue to access the containers to drop off recyclables as they did previously. Finally, the list of materials accepted at the drop-off centers has expanded considerably from fiber only to all the items accepted at the ECUA’s new Material Recycling Facility, which includes the following:

  • Glass (any color)
  • Newspaper & inserts
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Junk mail & envelopes
  • Paper bags & phone books
  • Colored papers
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Aluminum cans & lids
  • Cereal boxes
  • Pizza boxes
  • Tin/steel cans & lids
  • Foil baking pans
  • Tin foil
  • Metal pots, pans
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Plastic bottles
  • Pet food cans
  • Dry pet food bags
  • Plastics no. 1-7
  • Plastic produce clamshells

This expanded list of accepted materials will help county efforts to meet state recycling goals. For a list of items that are not accepted in this program or to view recycling drop-off locations, click here.

For more information, call the Escambia County Waste Services Department at 850-937-2160. For recycling information and the latest ECUA news, visit our Recycling page or the Live Green ECUA website.