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West Florida Recycling closes temporarily

ESCAMBIA COUNTY - West Florida Recycling has temporarily closed its doors last week. 
The company has been hired to process recyclable materials for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and the City of Pensacola.

The company has dealt with a number of problems last August the Florida Department of Environmental Protection sent a warning letter to West Florida Recycling; saying conditions at the plant were unacceptable. 

In early April, the company filed for bankruptcy. 
Each of West Florida Recycling customers is handling the shutdown differently.

The temporary closing of West Florida Recycling has caused a ripple effect on its customers in Northwest Florida.
In Santa Rosa County, all 21 recycling drop-off sites will be shutdown, county commissioners are working on an alternative.  A spokesman for the City of Pensacola says it will haul its recyclable materials to the Escambia County landfill.  As for the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority in Escambia County (ECUA), it has a temporary fix already in place.

All of the recyclables will be loaded onto a truck, and once it's full it will be hauled off to Georgia where it will be sorted.

The tractor trailer can carry up to eight truck loads from ECUA's smaller recycling trucks.  ECUA's solution is not expected to cost more money.

"Overall it's pretty much break even, situation as opposed to the alternative which would be to take these recyclables to the landfill" said Natalie Bowers, ECUA spokesperson.

Barry Goodson lives in Pensacola.  He says he is always thinking about the environment.  He hopes the recycling situation is resolved soon because so much depends on it.

"People are benefiting from it, we are benefiting from it, you're future generations are going to benefit from it, that's what it's all about" said Barry Goodson, Environmentalist. 

ECUA says it will continue to haul its recyclables off to Georgia until it finds a recycling vendor.