The City of Pensacola is continuing to recycle as other local jurisdictions have suspended their programs, but not without some changes.
Due to a sharp decline in the market for recycled materials, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority and Santa Rosa County have both announced that recyclables collected are being diverted to the landfill. The City of Pensacola, however, continues to send recyclables to Tarpon Paper in Loxley, Ala. for processing, though the changes in the recyclables market have prompted changes to Pensacola’s collection program, which city officials announced this week.
Specifically, the city will no longer accept glass bottles for recycling, and plastic bottles will be limited to those with a “1” or “2” recycling logo. This means plastic shopping bags, styrofoam, clamshell produce containers, and other plastic materials marked with a “3” through “7” logo should not be placed in recycling containers. Collection of paper products and metals will continue unchanged.
City sanitation customers are being mailed a postcard detailing the changes, said City Administrator Eric Olson.
Meanwhile, Escambia County and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) — which serves most of unincorporated Escambia County — have partnered to develop a local recycling processing facility. Officials are poised to hold a groundbreaking for the facility next month.