Spring Is Here – That Means Yard Waste

"When does Yard waste Pickup Begin?"

With Adams Sanitation – the answer is that Yard Waste Pickup never ends in our service area!

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Getting Ready To Spruce up that Lawn! - When Does Yard Waste Pickup Begin?

Well, Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time to get out the lawnmower and hedge clippers. It also means it’s not a bad idea to go over our Yard Waste Policy so that we can get your grass clippings, small limbs, and whatever else needs manicuring out of the way quickly! 

I’ll probably say this a couple of times in this post – but it bears repeating – we take the bags of trash (you can use plastic or paper bags, dealer’s choice) to be composted, so it’s important that only organic materials like mulch, grass clippings and branches be included in our yard waste pickups. Composting, according to the authority on the subject, the Encyclopedia Brittanica is “[a] crumbly mass of rotted organic matter made from decomposed plant material, used in gardening and agriculture. Compost is especially important in organic farming, where the use of synthetic fertilizers is not permitted. Compost improves soil structure, provides a wide range of nutrients for plants, and adds beneficial microbes to the soil. The maximum benefits of compost on soil structure (better aggregation, pore spacing, and water storage) and on crop yield usually occur after several years of use. 

•Visual Learners - we got you: here is a link to our Yard Waste Infographic•

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A lawnmower cuts grass in a local neighborhood. With Adams Sanitation - you don't have to ask: "Can you put yard waste in the trash?" anymore! Just place it with your regular trash (up to 4 bags). You can also utilize your once-monthly yard waste pickup at any time - and we will take up to 10 bags to the dump for you!

Quick Rules

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  • So a couple of good things to easily remember our yard waste rules: Yard clippings are going to need to be bagged up (we want to make sure your grass clippings are flying all across the neighborhood).
  • A Dollar Bill, a Doorway and a Trash Cart are good measuring sticks for your limbs and sticks.
  • All of your limbs and sticks need to be bundled so that we don’t accidentally leave them behind.
  • We can’t take individual limbs that are wider in circumference (wider) than a dollar bill. 
  • The bundles of sticks need to be shorter than the height of your Adams Sanitation Garbage Cart and less wide than your front door.

Other things to know – Toys, Poop (ew, we know), hoses, furniture, tools and lumber can’t be taken with your yard waste. This is because we take yard waste to a compost site, so that we can dispose of it in an environmental friendly way!

It may not be fall, but this just a good reminder – all leaves and clippings need to be bagged in order to be taken up. Either paper or plastic bags to contain waste is fine. 

Special Pickups

To make a special pickup order online click on this link!

One you are at the contact form – select ‘service quote’ under reason for contact and fill out the rest of the form! 

Looking for Bulk Pickup Info?

We also include pickup of up to three bulky items per month in our trash fee you pay monthly with Adams Sanitation! For more information about our Bulk Waste Policy, you can either read our Bulk Waste Policy Infographic.

Christopher Saul - Chief Impact Officer at Adams Sanitation

Christopher Saul manages the Adams Sanitation Blog and writes the lion’s share of the content for Friendliest Little Garbage Company Around’s website and social media. When he isn’t slinging hot garbage for Adams Sanitation, he spends time with his wife and two kids. 

Christopher can’t resist a good dad joke. Just know that most, if not all, of the puns on Adams Sanitation website are his and will stay up until they are reported to the boss for being so bad they are good. 

Dump Fees Are Up – Here’s What That Means For Your Trash Bill

Dump Fees Are Up – Here’s What That Means For Your Trash Bill Bottom line up front: Santa Rosa County has voted to increase the cost of dumping trash at the county landfill, which will result in a slight increase in trash service costs. However, Adams Sanitation will not raise rates until their annual increase next year, and the Santa Rosa County landfill is still significantly less expensive than neighboring counties. The increase will cost Adams Sanitation approximately $6,000 per month, but they plan to absorb the cost this year without raising customer rates. Santa Rosa County’s commissioners took a 3-1 vote to raise the cost of dumping trash at the county landfill in February, which means we will all have to end up paying a little bit more to get trash service or to run a trash business.  But there are some critical takeaways from the decision we want you to know about: 🙅 Adams Sanitation will NOT raise your trash rates over this until our annual increase subsequent January 💰It will cost us about $6,000 per month MORE to dump trash every month 💵 The Santa Rosa County Landfill is still significantly LESS EXPENSIVE than taking trash to our disposal facilities in neighboring counties.  🗣️ Tell your friends and neighbors about our excellent service! The more people who sign up with us, the more we can spread costs and keep your rates down! A sky view above the Santa Rosa County Landfill in East Milton. No rate increase right now for Adams Sanitation Customers. Last year, we had to raise rates mid-year due to a doubling of diesel costs. At the same time, this increase in dump fees is not put-us-out-of-business-if-we-don’t-raise-rates bad. We are going to absorb the costs this year. Our team has already had several meetings to determine how we will do that, but it’s been made clear it won’t be through raising your monthly rate.  The total cost for this increase is about 50 cents per customer and household per month and may impact our rate calculator next year. What this costs us The good news is that we can absorb the cost of the increased dump fees for the year. The bad news is that the increased cost will work out to about $50,000 this year alone – a lot of money for a small business like ours to absorb. The Santa Rosa County landfill is significantly less expensive than everyone else’s When we heard we were about to receive a bill of an extra $50,000 from the county, we did what any other red-blooded American would do when faced with a stressful situation – we shopped and price compared.  Believe me when I tell you, despite the price increase, we still have it pretty good in Santa Rosa County. Over in Okaloosa County, the cost to dump the same ton of trash is $75. To take our trash over there, we’d need to charge about an additional $6 per month plus the cost of diesel and labor. That stuff adds up quickly – and we’d soon be forced to charge exorbitant rates just to come and get your trash.  To the west, the Perdido Landfill charges $45.06 per ton, currently $3.00 more per ton than in Santa Rosa County – only six months more. But once you add in the $52 for diesel and $50+ for labor costs, you’re looking at another pretty steep price hike for the same service.  While we’re not thrilled about losing money to this price increase, it could be a lot worse – so, a little bit of a silver lining there. What can be done to keep costs down? The good news is that some factors are keeping our costs down this year! Diesel prices have dropped some as we have matured as a business.  We have been able to keep people around longer term at Adams Sanitation – which means we are running more efficiently. Our labor costs have dropped a bit because we are not constantly looking for new employees, burning them out with overtime, or paying more for overtime work (yay!).  We are also growing! More and more people are signing up daily to get the best trash service in town! That means we can increase our routes’ density- making us more efficient. The more efficient we are, the lower we can keep our prices while still paying decent wages for a (very) hard day of work and making a fair profit.  We still need help, though. If you feel that we’ve earned it – tell your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family about the high level of service you get from Adams Sanitation. The more people we get to serve, the better off our customers, our local employees, and our small business!

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