Transforming everyday garbage into useful items for tomorrow is a tried-and-true method of preserving our environment. Recycling conserves energy and natural resources, reduces air and water pollution, extends the life of existing landfills and decreases the need for new ones, reduces greenhouse emissions, and even boosts economic development.
The ECUA Recycling Program is completely voluntary and to date, 75% of our residential sanitation customers have chosen to participate in the program!
ECUA uses a single-stream recycling system, which means the customer puts all recyclables in the gray recycling can, no sorting is required! An ECUA recycling truck will deliver the commingled recyclables to our processing facility that will do the sorting. While sorting is not required by the customer, it is very important that only acceptable items be placed in the gray recycling can.
Curbside Recycling Program Video
To sign up for our Recycling program, just follow any of the methods:
Please Recycle These Items:
These items will NOT be accepted as part of ECUA Recycling Pickup Services:
If we tag your can twice for improper disposal of recyclables, we will remove your recycling can for a period of one (1) year, after which you may call our Customer Service to request to have it returned.
The ECUA Bulk Recycling Program is open to all ECUA Residential Sanitation customers in Escambia Co. who are signed up for the free curbside recycling service. Please call 850-476-0480 for pickup. Items will be picked up the next collection day after calling.
DO NOT PUT BULK RECYCLE ITEMS IN YOUR RECYCLE CANS. PLEASE CALL FOR A PICKUP.
ITEMS WILL BE PICKED UP THE NEXT COLLECTION DAY AFTER CALLING.
UPDATE- 06-16-2022: Three Escambia County Drop-Off Recycling Sites Now Open
The following Escambia County Drop-Off Recycling Sites Open are currently open and are accepting recyclables.
For more information please call 850-937-2160, or visit the Escambia County website.
NOTE: Escambia County Drop-Off Recycling Sites Closed Effective Monday, July 13, 2020, Until Further Notice
Escambia County is closing all their drop-off recycling sites effective Monday, July 13 until further notice. With the loss of labor crews from Escambia County Corrections, the county will not have the manpower to manage illegal dumping at the sites. There have been multiple complaints about illegal dumping from neighbors and businesses around each site. Do not leave any materials at the drop-off recycling sites. Residents can contact their waste collection company and request recycling service. For more information please call 850-937-2160, or visit the Escambia County website.
The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding that allowed Emerald Coast Utilities Authority to assume the collection of recyclables at all drop-off centers in the county. Items accepted at these drop-off sites are the regular recyclables that are permitted for disposal in the residential curbside recycling container. Bulk recyclables and yard waste are not accepted at these sites.
Drop-off Recycling Sites: (These sites are closed until further notice.)
** We also have a collection rack in the same area for the convenient drop-off of your household cooking oils and grease.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Disposal & Handling
Although the State of Florida permits the disposal of used or broken compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in the garbage, it is best to dispose of them by placing the bulb(s) in two plastic bags, sealing them by tying a knot in the bag, and placing the bag into the outside trash for the next normal trash collection. Since CFLs discarded in the trash or an incinerator may break and some mercury could be released into the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that consumers take advantage of available local CFL recycling options.
Virtually all components of a CFL or other fluorescent light bulb can be recycled. The metal end caps, glass tubing, mercury and phosphor powder can all be separated and reused. Recyclers often sell the metallic portions as scrap metal. The recycled glass can be remanufactured into other glass products. The mercury can be recycled into new fluorescent light bulbs and other mercury-containing devices.
How to Clean-Up a Broken CFL
Since CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, the EPA recommends the following clean-up and disposal guidelines:
1. Before Clean-up: Ventilate the Room
Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more. Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.
2. Clean-Up Steps for Hard Surfaces
Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
3. Clean-up Steps for Carpeting or Rug:
Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken. Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.
4. Clean-up Steps for Clothing, Bedding, etc.:
If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be discarded. Do not wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage. You can, however, wash clothing or other materials that have been exposed to the mercury vapor from a broken CFL, such as the clothing you happened to be wearing when you cleaned up the broken CFL, as long as that clothing has not come into direct contact with the materials from the broken bulb. If shoes come into direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from the bulb, wipe them off with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels or wipes in a glass jar or plastic bag for disposal.
5. Disposal of Clean-up Materials
Immediately place all cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area for the next normal trash pickup. Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing clean-up materials. Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area.
6. Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Ventilate the Room During and After Vacuuming
The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window prior to vacuuming. Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.
For more information about compact fluorescent bulbs, visit http://www.energystar.gov/cfls
For more information about compact fluorescent bulbs and mercury, visit http://www.energystar.gov/mercury
Source: www.energystar.gov (a United States Environmental Protection Agency website)