ECUA Selects BHS for Single Stream MRF

The materials recovery facility (MRF) will process 25 tons per hour of single stream recyclables

Single Stream MRF ECUA

Pensacola, FL – November 5, 2015 – The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) has chosen Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The system, scheduled to start up in spring 2016, is designed to process more than 25 tons per hour (tph) of Single Stream materials.

The ECUA serves more than 75,000 customers in Escambia County and 21,000 in Santa Rosa County, all of which are offered recycling pickup along with regular waste services. The $7.5 million project is instrumental in helping the ECUA progress its recycling program. Advanced separation technologies, including BHS screens, a Nihot glass cleanup system and NRT optical sorting will recover more than 95% of available recyclables.

“The ECUA is taking proactive steps to locally process our recyclables. This state-of-the-art system will create local jobs and allow the ECUA to continue its recycling program and accept additional recyclables from within the region,” said Randall Rudd, ECUA Deputy Executive Director of Shared Services.

The new MRF is a component of the ECUA’s comprehensive recycling plan. In addition to its voluntary recycling program launched in 2009, the Authority also recycles yard waste through a composting operation, provides a bulk waste recycling program and collects household hazardous waste materials free-of-charge on a call-in basis once per month.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.


Further Information:

Peter Raschio or Sally Hunt

Phone: 541-485-0999

peterr or sallyh (at) bhsequip (dot) com


Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA)

Originally founded as the Escambia County Utilities Authority in 1981, the ECUA is a local governmental body, existing under the laws of the State of Florida, which provides sanitation, potable water, and water reclamation services. The ECUA name was officially changed to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority on June 29, 2004.


Further Information:

Nathalie Bowers

Public Information Officer

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

P.O. Box 15311, Pensacola, FL. 32514-0311

Phone: (850) 969-3303

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