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Clay at the Perdido Landfill
View of the Perdido Landfill lining

Mission Statement

The Escambia County Waste Services Department consistently strives to provide services for recycling and disposal of solid waste in order to help protect the environment and human health of the citizens of Escambia County.  In addition, Waste Services aims to achieve and maintain environmental compliance and implementation of community service initiatives. 

 

Waste Services staff at a regional roundup waste collection event
Photos of tires collected in a truck

FY 2017-2018 Accomplishments


  • Handled approximately 375,367 tons of waste.
  • Began the Perdido Landfill Section 5 Cell 1A Phase 2 project in early 2018, which is ongoing. The project consists of earthworks, liner installation, leachate and gas collection and controls, stormwater systems and roadway pavement. The lined area, including multiple layers of geosynthetics, is approximately 14 acres. Following completion and certification of the new cell by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this will update this area to the most recent environmental protection standards for landfills and allow this cell to provide waste disposal capacity for 5-7 years.
  • Escambia County Recycling Rate continued to increase during FY 17-18, per House Bill 7243 (FS 403.7032) and FDEP’s Recycling Goal Report and the continued partnership with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority. The current rate is 52 percent (49 percent traditional, 3 percent from LFG to Electricity/Renewable Energy credit).
  • Expanded gas collection and control system to include 16 additional extraction wells. Poor performers were eliminated, while the addition of new wells helped to improve the quality and efficiency of the system.
  • Waste Services Department/Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy Program again remained in compliance and has continued to deliver the necessary collected methane to the Gulf Power facility to produce enough renewable energy to power more than 1,000 homes. The Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy Program is a partnership with Gulf Power that collects the landfill gas produced from the decay of garbage, and contains approximately 50 percent methane.
  • Waste Services Department Re-blended Paint Program diverted approximately 10,000 gallons of unused latex paint from the waste stream. This paint was re-blended and used for projects throughout the county. This program is also available to county residents weekly.
  • Hazardous household waste tonnage from all activities totaled 127.58 tons.
  • Conducted five tours of the Perdido Landfill and continued public education and community outreach through support of the following community service projects and public recreation areas:
    • Keep Pensacola Beautiful program
    • Countywide illegal dumps/rights of way pickup (approximately 630.82 tons removed)  
    • Neighborhood cleanups – Natural Resources Management/Community Redevelopment Agency (10 conducted)
    • Regional Roundups (five conducted)
    • Marine Resources derelict vessel program
    • University of West Florida and Emerald Coast Waste Consulting
  • Maintained an “In Compliance” rating with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Diverted the following waste from the Perdido Landfill:
    • Waste tires – 425 tons
    • Yard waste – 23,479 tons
    • Hazardous Household Waste – 128 tons
    • Clean concrete – 5,562 tons
    • Scrap recycling (Southern Recycling) – 221 tons
    • Electronics recycling (Wise Recycling) – 100 tons

23,479

Tons of yard waste diverted from the landfill

1,000

The equivalent number of homes powered by the Landfill Gas-to-Energy Program

10,000

Gallons of unused latex paint diverted from waste stream