Jennie McKeon / WUWF

The Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners met a packed house Thursday night at their recycling workshop with more than 100 constituents ready to talk trash.

Two weeks ago, 34,000 residents in unincorporated Okaloosa County found out their recyclables were being hauled to Waste Management’s landfill instead of being processed at Emerald Coast Utilities Authority recycling facility in Cantonment in Escambia County.

This week’s cold snap could be considered a taste of the winter chill expected to hit the Florida Panhandle. And the chill, in turn, means higher utility bills for most.

Gulf Power spokeswoman Kimberly Blair says their 460,000 customers need to begin preparing for the winter months if they haven’t done so already.

"Stay warm, but also keep your energy bills as low as possible; there’s [sic] things that customers can do that are free, or very low cost,” Blair says. "We know that everyone’s on a budget.”

ECUA, City Of Pensacola Talk Recycling Deal

May 9, 2018
Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Almost two months after its vendor contract expired, the City of Pensacola is working on a new deal for the handling of its recyclables.

Tarpon Paper of Loxley, Alabama stopped accepting loads from Pensacola last September, and the contract expired in March. While residents continued to sort their trash and recyclables, it turns out both have been going to the same place.

“The materials are going to the landfill but I think as everyone knows, the global market is significantly depressed; and so we’re feeling the impact here,” said City Administrator Eric Olson.