Sept. 29, 2021
Public Information Officer, ECUA
Public Information Officer, City of Pensacola
Update on Resumption of Operations at ECUA Materials Recycling Facility
Update from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority: ECUA is making excellent progress with repairs and is getting close to resuming operations at the ECUA Materials Recycling Facility. The electrical contractor has completed their work and the demolition of the fire-damaged cabins is underway and completed. ECUA has received the replacement robot (used in the plastic sorting area), and installation should be completed by the end of this week. ECUA is still awaiting delivery of the magnet used in the metal sorting area, which is on backorder and expected to be delivered in December. ECUA will sort metal items manually until this equipment is delivered and installed.
ECUA's projected time for reopening of the facility is the first half of October, with a goal of reopening as early in October as possible. The first few days of operation will entail a “soft start” while ECUA clears out some of the stockpiled recyclables on the tipping floor and ensures the lines are all working well. ECUA looks forward to announcing a firm start-up date very soon.