Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) began composting operations at the Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF) in March 2016. The ECUA Board approved this environmental program in December 2014.
The composting process combines ground yard waste (leaves, grass, pine straw, etc.) collected throughout the community, including the City of Pensacola, with biosolids to create an optimal blend of materials that generate a nutrient-rich final product, bloom - the most in bio-compost.
ECUA encourages customers to discontinue using plastic bags and consider utilizing compostable paper yard waste bags or reusable plastic cans designed for yard waste. Plastic bags don’t decompose and cannot be processed into environmentally-friendly compost or mulch.
Please call (850) 969-6606, Monday through Friday, to schedule a pick-up appointment or for pricing information.
Help ECUA to turn your yard waste into compost by using compostable paper bags! Paper yard waste bags can be found in home improvement centers, large retailers, through online sources, local garden centers, and select grocery stores.
Free samples of ECUA Yard Waste bags are located at the following locations:
Composting is nature's way of fertilizing and reconditioning soil by decomposing plant material and animal wastes into a rich, dark humus – nature's own soil elixir. Biosolids or sewage sludge are the nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic sewage in a wastewater treatment facility. When combined with decomposing plant material such as our yard waste, biosolid composting technologies accelerate this natural process under controlled conditions – the sludge is dewatered, mixed with a bulking agent (e.g., wood chips, leaf and yard waste, sawdust), and allowed to decompose aerobically for a period of time. The process produces a well-mixed, fully-decomposed soil amendment.
In August 2014, the ECUA received a permit to construct and operate a Biosolids Composting Facility at its Central Water Reclamation Facility (CWRF) from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This facility was designed to combine yard trash that is collected by ECUA's Sanitation Department to be ground up and used as a bulking agent, to compost biosolids sludge, produced by the CWRF. This process allows the yard trash that was previously being disposed of in a landfill to be recycled through composting while allowing the CWRF to reduce the cost of natural gas, which is used to dry the biosolids sludge. A "win-win"! The final composted product is an environmentally beneficial soil amendment, which is being sold to help offset the cost of the program.
Construction of the CWRF Biosolids Composting Facility began in April 2015. By late October, construction of the facility was at a stage that allowed the first windrows to be formed utilizing the yard trash and sludge from the CWRF. The first batch of Emerald Coast Bloom was produced and available in late 2015. This and all other compost produced at the facility is tested to ensure quality and then marketed to sod farms, soil blending companies, agricultural operations, golf courses, landscapers, and plant nurseries. The facility officially opened in the spring of 2016.
ECUA’s Emerald Coast bloom compost product is available in 40-lb. bags or as bulk pick-up by appointment only at the ECUA Compost Retail Facility located within our Ellyson Industrial Park campus.
ECUA Compost Retail Facility
9202 East Roe St. (Entrance at the corner of Roe and Potter St.) Pensacola, FL 32514
Please call (850) 969-6606, Monday through Friday, or fill out the form below, to schedule a pick-up appointment or for pricing information.
Please Note: Due to high demand this time of year, there is currently a two-week waiting period for compost
Please fill out the form below with your contact information and approximately how much compost you would like and someone from our team will call you when more compost is ready for pickup.