The Department of Solid Waste Management operates a Drop-Off Recycling Program and the primary goal is to conserve natural resources and to reduce energy consumption by recycling selected materials. Items eligible for recycling are aluminum cans, steel cans, glass food and beverage containers, plastic containers #1-#7, cardboard, junk mail, paper, magazines, and newspapers.
Recycling and Sanitation
Benefits of Recycling
Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally.
- Recycling protects and expands US manufacturing jobs and increases US competitiveness.
- Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
- Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
- Recycling saves energy.
- Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
- Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
- Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.
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The Escambia County Department of Solid Waste Management operates the Perdido Landfill, a Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Facility, in Cantonment, Florida. Integrated Solid Waste Management is a series of complementary actions to reduce quantities of solid waste generated and manage that which is generated in a economically and environmentally sound manner. Waste is leveled and compacted by large bulldozers and compactors.
Escambia County's recycling operations is collecting new and gently used shoes for Escambia County charities in need as well as Soles4Souls, non-profit organization, that distributes shows to those in need nationally and woldwide.
Shoes are being collected at the following locations:
- Perdidio Landfill, 13009 Beulah Road
- United Way, 1301 Government Street
- Parks and Recreation, 1651 E. Nine Mile Road
- Extension Services, 3740 Stefani Road
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any item in your home that can cause injury if handled improperly. These items will have a warning or cautinary statement on the label such as flammable, corrosive, poison or toxic. Many people unknowingly or carelessly throw away items from their home that can cause major problems to the environment. If household hazardous waste (HHW) is disposed of improperly, it can start a fire, give off dangerous fumes, contaminate the soil or groundwater, or cause injury to people, animals or plants. When it rains, stormwater runs over ground picking up debris and other pollution which eventually end up in our waterways killing acquatic live and polluting our waters.
The following entities provide garbage service for the residents of Escambia County and the City of Pensacola