Sanitation FAQs

Review some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste.

Q: How do I dispose of non-rechargeable, standard, alkaline batteries (AAAA, AAA, A, C, D, or 9-volt)?
A: These batteries can be disposed of in the regular trash bin. No special care or handling is needed.

Q: How do I dispose of an empty aerosol can?
A: As long as they are empty, an aerosol spray bottle can be thrown in a regular trash bin. Do not recycle.

Q: Is there a list of materials considered Hazardous Household Waste (or HHW)?
A: Escambia County maintains a list of HHW materials at on the MyEscambia Household Hazardous Waste Program Website

Q: Where would I dispose of used Electronics?
A: Escambia County collects HHW and Electronics during their quarterly Regional Roundups. More information can be obtained by visiting the MyEscambia Household Hazardous Waste Program Website for dates.

Q: Where can I dispose of needles and/or other Bio-medical Waste products?
A: The Florida Department of Health requires needles be placed in a non-permeable container prior to disposal. The County offers disposal through the Household Hazardous Waste Program. Contact the County for more information at 850-937-2160.

Q: When did the city stop curbside Recycling pick-ups?

A: October 1, 2023, the city ended citywide curbside recycling for City Sanitation customers. 

Q: Why did the city end curbside recycling?

ARecycling from City Sanitation customers averaged more than 50% contamination when delivered to ECUA's recycling facility, resulting in the loads being rejected and taken to the landfill instead of being recycled as intended. 

Due to rising costs associated with recycling, ECUA increased its drop-off rates for municipal customers including the City of Pensacola’s Sanitation Department. In order to continue mandatory curbside recycling service for all customers, the city would have needed to increase rates for all City Sanitation customers.