The Real Reason You Can’t Get Adams Sanitation Trash Service In South Santa Rosa County.


Why you can't get Adams Sanitation in South Santa Rosa County

Why Doesn’t Adams Service South Santa Rosa County?

We have received a TON of questions from people over the last couple of months concerning when we will  begin to service  south f Santa Rosa County. 

Midway, Navarre and everyone else in unincorporated South Santa Rosa County appears to be stuck with once-weekly service from Waste Pro for the time being. 

That’s not the way we want it – but that’s the way it is… for now. 

Here’s Why:

Franchise Areas

Starting a trash company is really expensive – truck costs ($150,000 – $350,000 per truck), plus carts, dump fees, employees, medical insurance, truck insurance, an annoying marketing guy, etc. All this expense means trash companies typically need to have enough customers close enough together to make the business model work without having to charge an arm and a leg to take your trash away. On the other hand, the state of Florida mandates that there be trash service available to every member of the community – no matter how remote they are – not ideal for a business that makes its money by servicing customers close together quickly. Because of this, local governments, either cities or counties, will sometimes sign an exclusive franchise agreement with a company to provide service for a whole area so the companies have to service the rural areas in exchange for the opportunity to service the profitable areas. 

At some point in the past, Santa Rosa County’s Board of County Commissioners decided to implement  a franchise area in two areas of the county. The ‘South Franchise Area’ came into being first and is made up of all of the unincorporated areas south of Eglin Air Force Base. Think, Navarre, Midway, Wynnehaven Beach and Tiger Point. Later on, the Commission saw it fit to establish a franchise area in the northern part of Santa Rosa County (Pace, Parts of Milton outside of the city, et cetera). 

Places like the city of Jay, which outsources trash collection to Adams Sanitation and the City of Milton, which has its own trash service don’t fall under the ‘Franchise Area’ agreement we are talking about. 

Basically, these franchise areas work the same way they do for cable companies (I know that probably made you love the idea even less than you already did). This is the way it works in a couple of steps. 

  1. The County asks for bids from different companies – The county is supposed to announce that they are starting a new franchise area, or are looking for a possible change in the exclusive trash pick-up provider. Because that didn’t exactly happen in Santa Rosa County’s north end franchise last year – we were able to get a permit to operate in the northern end of the county.. 
  2. The County then looks at the bids and selects one – In an exclusive franchise agreement, like the one that is currently in place in South Santa Rosa County, Florida Law allows the county to choose one provider and award them the contract to pick up trash 
  3. The waste hauler then is allowed to begin servicing the area for the amount of time that is in the contract. In the case of the South Santa Rosa County Contract, Waste Pro was granted the right to service the area for the next five years, albeit without any competition….  

So what can we do to change this?

Adams Sanitation believes that competition is good for the marketplace and for the consumer. We know we could provide great service at a fair price to south Santa Rosa County. We think that a majority of the  Santa Rosa County Commissioners probably agree with us. However, we also think the County is concerned about liability to Waste Pro.  Unlike the Northern Santa Rosa County franchise area – the Southern Santa Rosa County franchise area was likely created properly. However, none of that changes the fact that Waste Pro was able to renegotiate the terms of the contract and fundamentally change the terms of service (reducing service and increasing price) without having to face any competition. Right now, the best recourse that the  the citizens of the south end of the county have is to directly appeal to the elected commissioners of the county. You can tell your commissioners that you support them allowing competition in the South end of the County so that you have an additional choice in trash service. 

Waste Pro seems to be having  difficultly fulfilling its obligations in other areas of the southeast – and has been kicked out by elected officials in Memphis and Temple, Georgia, and has been threatened to be kicked out in Cape Coral, Florida after trash wasn’t picked up for more than five weeks in some places. There is a certainly precedent for elected leaders to kick companies with a franchise agreement out for poor performance or when the contract isn’t fair to the public. 

You can find out how to contact your county commissioner by clicking the button below:   

Christopher Saul is the Chief Marketing Officer for Adams Sanitation. When he isn’t slinging hot garbage from the keyboard – he is spending time with his family. He also likes to watch his SMU Mustangs play football and basketball. 

Big News! Our Hearing To Service South Santa Rosa County Trash Takes Place September 22nd

Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners – 2022 On September 8th, Commissioner Dave Piech and the rest of the Santa Rosa County Commission have a big decision to make.  The commission could restore your right to pick your trash company – regardless of whether or not you live in north or south Santa Rosa County.  We’ve got a stake in this. We admit that! Our business stands to benefit from the restoration of the free market.  But this doesn’t mean ending the improper agreement would be the wrong thing to do.  Thankfully, Commissioner Piech says he wants to listen to you. That, ultimately, the people should decide. He said as much in a town hall debate earlier this year.  Arguments Against Giving Adams A Permit There are a couple of good arguments against ending this improper franchise in south Santa Rosa County.  The point has been made that there will be more  trash trucks on the roads. Some have argued (we don’t know how many some is, but we’ll entertain it) will lead to overcrowding on the roads and a lower quality of life for south end citizens.  Not only that – the county attorney said voting to give us a permit would get Santa Rosa County sued!  Those are decent arguments, here are ours.  An Adams Sanitation Truck that’s ready to roll into South Santa Rosa County (Again). Arguments For Giving Adams Sanitation A Permit You can ask our legal guy – Nathan – if you put six lawyers in a room, you’ll get six different opinions.  More than that, The County Attorney has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the actions of the board – both past and present. He’s the attorney for the commissioners, not the  citizens. It means he is responsible for keeping the commissioners and the past and present decisions as risk-free as possible.  The attorney is simply doing his job by telling the commissioners that the County might get sued. In reality, the buck stops with the commissioners – not the attorney – they are responsible to you and are empowered by their position to vote their conscience.  Additionally, the county attorney has warned voting to end the exclusive contract with Waste Pro means… Waste Pro will sue the county! But, if they vote us down, we’ve proven – at least five times – that we’ll go to court to protect peoples’ rights in Santa Rosa County.  So, really, it’s only a matter of who will be suing Santa Rosa County after September 22nd  – and if the commission wants to do the right thing for the people of Santa Rosa County.  The reality is that no matter what decision gets made, there will likely be more litigation… they don’t call it the trash wars for nothing. If the County is going to get sued, shouldn’t it get sued for doing the right thing  on September 22nd?  Finally, after we introduced competition into the market – everyone can agree – the quality of service whether from us or from Waste Pro – improved. Competition, whether through a legitimate bidding process – (a step skipped by the County when awarding Waste Pro a new bid franchise), or through the open market, is better and fairer for everyone.  Government shouldn’t rip peoples’ rights from them. And if the County is going to close the free market, it has the obligation to replace it with a fair and open competitive bidding process.  September 22nd gives the commission a chance to make things right. Ask Commissioner Piech – and all of the commissioners – to do the right thing by sending a note that explains this argument at the link below.  We’ll write out the bullet points, but we need your help to ensure justice is served.  Click below to email YOUR commissioners – we’ll take care of the rest.  September 22nd gives the commission a chance to make things right. Ask Commissioner Piech – and all of the commissioners – to do the right thing by sending a note that explains this argument at the link below.  Junior Jumper Beau Boyles picks up the trash at a dump site near Crestview Sign the Petition

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Watch The Great Trash Debate

The Great Trash Debate Santa Rosa County Commissioners debate the pros and cons of allowing the citizens to pick their own trash company.  You know what side Adams Sanitation is on – now you can find out which side the commissioners are on.  Hit the play button in order to watch what happens next.  If you haven’t done so yet – now is as good a time as any to send the commissioners a form-letter email to the inboxes – letting them know where you stand on the issue.  Send Your Elected Officials a Note

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