BAKER, Fla., Aug. 9, 2021—Adams Sanitation is suspending recycling pickup until further notice due to a fire at the recycling facility.
Emerald Coast Utilities Authority reported a fire July 15 at its materials recycling facility.
The fire, appeared to be located in the chute of the metal sorting area, was possibly caused by a propane tank or battery that mixed with metal recyclables, according to an ECUA news release.
Until the facility is back in operation, recyclables will be dumped in the landfill, according to a notice by Adams Sanitation.
Because of the facility shutdown, Adams will suspend recycling pickup as long as ECUA is not accepting recycling.
“We feel that picking up recycling that isn’t going to be recycled is disingenuous,” said Christopher Saul, chief marketing officer, in a customer email notice. “We don’t want to try and fool you as to what is going on with your recycling.”
Customers who pay an extra $5 a month for recycling will be credited for missed pickups.
“As long as we aren’t picking up recycling, we are going to offer you a credit on your account that acts as a refund for recycling,” said Saul.
Unfortunately, Adams doesn’t know how long the recycling facility will be out of commission, but will track missed pickups.
“We will keep count of the number of recycling pickups we miss and give you a credit for the total number of missed pickups this incident causes us once the recycling plant comes back online,” Saul said.
Customers will be contacted when the recycling facility comes back online.