Household garbage is recycled through waste-to-energy facility
There are no plans at this time to return recycling bins to the beach or other drop-off points in the county, but household garbage is being recycled at the Bay County Waste-to-Energy Facility, which turns trash into electricity. The facility was damaged by Hurricane Michael but went back on line in December.
The incinerator does create energy from the trash people throw out. The facility burns trash and creates energy – under normal circumstances enough to power 5,500 homes annually. The process is recognized by the state as a renewable resource, and Bay County receives recycling credits for each megawatt of energy produced at the facility.
Bay County continues to deal with a huge amount of debris and there are limited vendors for recyclable materials.