Ukrainian Delegation Tours Escambia’s New Recycling Facility

September 14, 2016

ECUA District 5 Board member Larry Walker  hosted an international delegation from the Ukraine at the Interim Materials Recycling Facility (IMRF) in Beulah on Tuesday.

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Group is hosting a group of six Ukrainian delegates in a U.S. Congressional exchange called Open World. The exchange brings up-and- coming leaders from the former Soviet Union countries to the U.S. for short-term trips that focus on specific professional topics as well as intercultural exchange opportunities.

The IMRF, a collaborative effort between ECUA and Escambia County, is a state-of-the-art facility that will have the capacity to recycle up to 40,000 tons of materials per year.

The $10.6 million project was initiated to offer a long-term, regional recycling solution for the community, while at the same time, to assist Escambia County in reaching its state-mandated 75 percent recycling goal. On February 12, ECUA broke ground for the IMRF, which encompasses a 53,460 square-foot fabric building and recycling equipment that is expected to process up to 165 tons of materials per day.

Pictured: ECUA District 5 Board member Larry Walker (in hat) leads a Ukrainian delegation through the IMRF Tuesday morning. Photos for, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Ukrainian Delegation Tours Escambia’s New Recycling Facility”

  1. david lamb on September 14th, 2016 9:50 pm

    While living in the orient I watched the locals recycle everything. Waste food in one pile, paper in another, cans in another, bottles aluminum and so on. We would throw away the old pages (unclassified, unlike Hillary) of our technical manuals and a week later when ordering fish or meat in the markets our purchase would be wrapped in those very same pages Cans would become pots and pans. No glass bottles or pop cans were dispensed, instead they would fill a zip lock with ice and pour in the pop ,zip it shut and slide a straw in the corner and then recycle the pop bottle or can. nothing was thrown out the window on the roads!

  2. jeeperman on September 14th, 2016 7:14 pm

    Does ECUA have in place contracts to sell the recyclables to be generated?

  3. Suzie B on September 14th, 2016 12:28 pm

    We have been recycling for a while now but stopped when we found out the recyclables were going to the landfill anyway. I’ve been told it will actually start being recycled again beginning Sept. 26th. We keep a box in our wash room for cans, soda bottles, boxes and junk mail that is emptied into the recycle bin. It’s amazing how quickly this fills up yet our regular trash can is barely half full. At least we’re doing a little something and since we are not charged extra for the can, it’s no big deal. I just hoe that somewhere down the road, it will help.

  4. nod on September 14th, 2016 10:04 am

    I just wonder when recycling will become mandatory for all.
    Not everyone wants to recycle. I hope this time the recycling project will be successful and profitable

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