Disposing of Needles, Sharps and Medical Waste Safely With Adams Sanitation


Disposing of Medical Waste Safely - with Adams Sanitation!

Why Disposing of Sharps Safely Is So Important!

At Adams Sanitation, we are more than happy to pick up most garbage, refuse, unwanted junk and castaway items without a second thought. Sure, there are some items that are so big, that we need to arrange for a special pickup. But, for the most part, with the exception of dead animal carcasses (it’s happened) if it fits in the trash can, we are going to pick it up and take it to the dump. 

Unfortunately, there are some things that we just can’t pick up – like ammunition – and some items that we ask that you prepare for pickup, so we can keep our employees safe. Sharps (or needles) are one of those items. If you are a diabetic, or regularly have to inject medicine – we want you to be able to give us your medical waste, so that we can dispose of it – we just ask that you follow these steps in order to get rid of the medical waste properly. 

In all of our locations, (this includes our services to Baker, Holt, Dorcas, unincorporated Laurel Hill, Milton, East Milton, Pace, Jay , Chumuckla and Allentown) we ask that you take these three steps to protect our employees. 

How to keep us safe!

  1. Please make sure put your sharps or needles into a safe disposal container (like the ones the FDA recommends) or into a container that is made out of a heavy plastic, like a laundry detergent bottle. 
  2. As a favor to us, please label the container with a warning of some kind (‘Danger: Sharps’ or ‘Warning: Medical Waste’ work well)
  3. Finally, tape closed the top of the receptacle in order to ensure safety. 

As always, we have a fun infographic that helps tell the story!

Infographic of Sharps Disposal 

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. 

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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  • Deborah Snellgrove

    Thank you for the awesome job the guys do collecting the trash. People don’t realize how dangerous your job is. Not only what that is in the trash but the vehicles that pass you. They don’t pay attention. Your safety is a Hugh concern to me. Thank you again

  • Madelyn K Tucker

    You say how to prepare sharps but I assume once they are prepared you just put the container in with regular garbage?

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