Santa Rosa County commissioners have decided to renew their recycling program with the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority despite historic low prices. The current average market rate for recyclables at $54.10 per ton and the county will spend about $321,000 a year to process the nearly 6,000 tons of plastics, aluminum, cardboard and other material generated annually. The county had examined other alternatives, such as trucking its recyclables to a landfill in Montgomery, Alabama, and even discontinuing its program.

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