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Recycle Information

Recycling Drop-Off Sites to Close

At the Thursday, April 24 Santa Rosa County Commission Regular Meeting, the board voted to close the county’s  21 recycling drop-off sites until further notice due to health and safety risks from the overwhelming volume of recycling material not collected or processed by the county’s contractor, West Florida Recycling. Sites will begin closing Friday, April 25. It will take approximately one week to close, clean up and post closure signs at all 21 sites.

The board also discussed West Florida Recycling’s performance issues at the Dec. 12, 2013, Jan. 6 and 10, Feb. 23 and 27, and April 7 board meetings. The commission understands the inconvenience removing the drop-off containers places on the residents and their strong desire to have an active recycling program in our county, however the risks caused by uncollected and unprocessed recyclable material must be addressed. The board and staff are diligently working to resolve the issue and ask for understanding as a sustainable, long-term solution is developed.

The timeline of the reopening of the recycling drop-off sites is not fully known at this time. While there are no quick solutions, the county has already taken several steps to solve the long-term issues of collection and processing of recyclable material:

  • A request for proposals for alternate recycling contractors was issued on March 1 and closes on May 6.
  • Staff were directed to formulate costs of bringing recycling back in-house so that the costs may be compared to contracting the services out to the private sector.
  • A request for proposals to franchise garbage collection north of the Yellow River is expected to come before the board in May for advertisement approval. If a franchise agreement is entered into that offers similar services as found in the south end franchise area including residential curbside collection of household garbage, recycling, yard debris and bulky items, the need for recycling drop-off sites will dramatically decrease. A north end solid waste franchise agreement could be in place as soon as Oct. 1.

The county entered into a contract with West Florida Recycling on March 30, 2012 to collect recycling materials from the county’s drop-off sites and process all recycling material taken to the Central Landfill located in Milton. The contractor has failed to collect the material from the drop-off sites in a consistent and timely manner and to process the material at the transfer site located at the Central Landfill, leaving it in an unmarketable condition to where the materials had to be disposed in the landfill. Residents have issued complaints about the condition of the drop-off sites which are overrun with raw recyclables that encourage illegal dumping and generate windblown litter on adjacent properties.


Accepted Recyclable Materials

The following materials are recyclable. Santa Rosa County now utilizes a single stream recycling provider, so items no longer need to be separated, but can be collected at home together and disposed of in the same container at the recycling site.

Paper: all paper including office paper waste, shredded paper, hardback and paperback books, magazines, junk mail including envelopes, phone books, and pizza boxes.

Glass: all glass (except light blubs, plate glass, or safety glass)

Metal: All aluminum, tin and steel including tin cans, aluminum cans, aluminum foil, pie tins, cake tins, and empty aerosol cans.

Plastic Containers: All plastic, even toys, with and without a recycle number (except the items specifically listed below under non-recyclable).

Cardboard: all cardboard including pizza boxes. To help save space in the recycle bins, please break down or flatten all boxes.

Non-recyclable Materials:

  • Light blubs
  • Styrofoam
  • Motor oil containers
  • Mylar- found in plastic balloons, chip bags, and candy bags
  • Waxy Cardboard- found in mil cartons, orange juice cartons, wine boxes and waxy produce and seafood boxes.
  • Any household garbage like food waste and diapers.
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Plastic Films
  • Shrink Wrap
Recycling Tips:
  • Labels do not have to be removed from any containers.
  • Lids do not need to be removed from any containers.
  • To help save space in the bins please break down or flatten all boxes.
Thank you, for disposing of the proper items in the recycle bins. Recycle areas are not disposal areas for furniture or household garbage that is not recyclable material. Please do not dispose of carpet, furniture, toilets, sinks, vinyl flooring, or wicker furniture in the recycle bins. Not only can people be fined for illegal dumping, it can cause the site to be closed or relocated, which can be a great inconvenience to those that are using the site as intended.

Other Recycle Information

The following items can be recycled at various locations around the county. Acceptable materials vary by store locations, so the following is meant as a guide for the closest locations.
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