Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
When the Infinitus MRF in Montgomery, Alabama closed suddenly, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) and its neighbors were left without another sortation facility within a five-hour drive. Rather than wait for another privately- owned MRF to enter the market, the utility decided to build its own single stream facility. A loan from CLF provided about 30 percent of the required capital for the new facility, which opened in September 2016.
Since our funding, the ECUA MRF has become a regional asset for a region that had not previously had a long-term or reliable solution for processing recyclables. Escambia County has continued to expand its own collections and has entered into collection contracts with 11 municipalities in Florida and Alabama and three private haulers. The facility is processing close to 39,000 tons a year, and in doing so, generating three types of economic benefits: savings to ECUA, in the form of avoided tipping fees; tipping fees collected from other municipalities and haulers; and revenues from commodity sales. As of September 2018, ECUA has avoided $2.3 million in tipping fees and generated $1.9 million in revenue, for an average total economic benefit of $96 per ton.