Recycling and Sanitation

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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.

Click here to view a calendar of Escambia County events, which includes Regional Roundup dates and more.

Household Hazardous Waste and End-of-Life Electronics Programs, Regional Roundups and Free Paint

Household Hazardous Waste

Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) or household chemical waste is collected year round at the Perdido Landfill for no charge for Escambia County residents. We also collect HHW and Electronics for no charge at quarterly Regional Roundups for Escambia County residents. We do not accept any material from businesses. These materials cannot go into the trash because they are toxic and may contaminate local water sources. For more information call (850) 937-2160.

Drop-Off Recycling Program and Locations

The Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) operates a Drop-Off Recycling Program in Escambia County, Florida.  The primary goal is to conserve natural resources and to reduce energy consumption by recycling selected materials.  All single family homes in Escambia County can receive curbside recycling, but many multi-family dwellings and businesses do not have this option or may have large amounts and sizes of cardboard. 

Avoiding Household Hazardous Waste in Your Home

Many people ask how they can avoid having and using household hazardous waste in their homes. Here are a few tips on avoiding HHW items and some easy recipes for safe and environmentally-friendly alternatives.

  • Avoid Aerosol Containers
  • Read the Label
  • Use non-toxic products instead of chemicals
  • De-chlorinate swimming pool and spa water prior to discharging

Safe, environmentally-friendly alternative recipes:

Asbestos Procedures

The Perdido Landfill is a Class I Landfill, permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, and as such, is an acceptable site for the disposal of asbestos according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

In order to comply with EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations regarding the disposal of asbestos, the Perdido Landfill will not accept any asbestos for disposal unless the following criteria is met:


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