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A Cutting-Edge Recycling Facility

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Single-stream recycling means no sorting for you in Mobile. You just dump all your recyclables together into a compactor. From here it's trucked some 50 miles to Escambia County Florida to a facility full of loud machines and cutting-edge technology that do the sorting for you.

Jim Roberts with the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority told us, "It's actually exceeded our expectations. We actually collect from Okaloosa County, which is the city of Fort Walton Beach as well as Escambia, Santa Rosa County, the city of Mobile, and now we've even started collecting from the city of Andalusia."

Turning Trash Into Green

Roberts said the facility, which has been running less than a year, is already processing 150 tons of recyclables a day.

"Instead of paying, and these are approximate numbers, $47 a ton to throw away trash in a landfill what we're doing now is taking this material and recycling it and then selling it to defined clients," Roberts told us.

The ability to turn trash into money is what's attracted cities like Mobile to contract with this facility. The level of interest means it will likely keep growing.

"It's unlimited actually. We are constantly growing we are constantly taking new communities online with us because they do see the value of it being a very environmentally friendly concept," Roberts said.

Time For A Tour

Next week, Operations Manager, James Knott will take us on tour of the facility and show us the technology that makes it possible. It's fascinating how it's changing recycling, impacting our environment, and even making money.

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