ECUA Returns To Recycling On Monday

June 9, 2023

ECUA returns to full recycling next week.

Operation of the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) was interrupted back in mid-April due to a “staff turnover” and downtime to hire and train employees. Since then, the MRF was able to continue to accept and process source-separated recyclables such as cardboard.

The facility was in operation this week for what ECUA is calling a “successful soft start”.

“We truly appreciate our customers’ continued use of good recycling habits, which helped to promote a successful soft-start,” ECUA Public Information Office Nathalie Bowers said.

While restaffing activities were ongoing, maintenance and construction employees took advantage of plant downtime for maintenance and certain process modifications to improve plant functionality. These included:

  • replacement of the baler’s motor
  • modifications to the design of some chute to enhance performance of robots
  • rebuilding of the metering bin, which is the first part of the plant process and serves to load recyclables onto the conveyor belt in an even and uniform way.

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4 Responses to “ECUA Returns To Recycling On Monday”

  1. Josh Jones on June 10th, 2023 12:44 pm

    Friendly reminder – beginning July 1st, 2023, bulk waste pick-up is by appointment!

    Residents can call Customer Service by 2pm the day before your regular collection day to schedule a bulk waste pickup, which will take place on your normal collection day.

  2. Pcolacapt on June 10th, 2023 10:54 am

    Glad to see that it was repaired successfully and we can get back to recycling again. We appreciate whoever was involved with getting the facility up and running!

  3. Me on June 9th, 2023 10:57 pm

    Since Escambia County doesn’t do Regional Roundups at different schools any longer, where can we dispose of fluorescent lights? Really miss the regional Roundups!!! They stopped during Covid – I get that. But when I recently called ECUA that was still their excuse? Also, it was still listed on their web site – just with no up-coming dates.

  4. Molino Girl on June 9th, 2023 4:02 pm

    Great. Now, if folks would just do recycling right it would make things a lot easier. Look at the list of recyclables and don’t throw stuff in that’s not on the list. Take a moment to clean stuff up, wash out cans and remove labels, wash out plastic jugs, break down cardboard boxes. It only takes a moment of time and makes for a better environment for the workers dealing with cleaner recyclables.