ECUA Exemplifies Commitment to Proper Waste Disposal



Pensacola, FL – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced that Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), located in Pensacola, Florida has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Recycling System category. The award was presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, September 26, in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The ECUA received the award for its state-of-the-art materials recycling facility, which began operations in September 2016. The 2017 awards honor programs and facilities in 13 different categories, spanning many facets of the municipal solid waste industry. Award winners represent the most innovative and dynamic organizations throughout North America as judged by their peers.

 “The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) constructed a regional materials recycling facility (MRF) to process recyclables collected from its 100,000 customers as well as residents in surrounding counties in Florida and Alabama,” said Randall Rudd, deputy executive director for ECUA.

The ECUA, a public entity, partnered with Escambia County, Florida, to develop an ECUA-owned MRF at the County’s landfill. The partnership worked under an expedited timeframe to build a 53,460 square-foot single stream MRF capable of processing 25 tons-per-hour. Strategic planning for the $10.7 million facility began in 2015 and was completed in just 18 months.

ECUA decided to employ a dynamic process where the equipment, site development, and operations schedules were compressed by overlapping the design, permitting, procurement, negotiations, and construction.  ECUA has constructed a modern high-tech MRF with several state-of-the-art enhancements to allow for advanced automation, customization for desired materials removal and processing, and automatic performance reporting thus producing a cleaner and more marketable material.

The entry can be found on SWANA’s website

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.   

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About Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority was originally created under the name Escambia County Utilities Authority in 1981 by an Act of the Florida Legislature to own, manage, finance, promote, improve and expand the water and wastewater systems of Escambia County and the City of Pensacola.

About the Solid Waste Association of North America 

For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. The association serves more than 9,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and technical training courses.