Santa Rosa County denies permit hearing – No big deal! Here’s Why:

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We're still starting service October First. 😜

You might’ve heard by now – the Santa Rosa County Commission has cancelled the appeal hearing set for the 9th of September, which had been set to reconsider County staff’s improper denial of our permit request to operate in South Santa Rosa County. They cancelled the meeting, despite receiving 2️⃣3️⃣9️⃣1️⃣ 📧emails from citizens like you in less than two weeks, urging them to give us the permit. 

🔘While we are disappointed that the decision makes the Commission look as though it is ducking responsibility, we certainly aren’t deterred.

👩🏼‍💼Santa Rosa County seems to be having a rough go of things on the legal scene these days. We get it, it can be hard to find reliable lawyers. 

💔After first breaking up with lawyer #1 over the mishandling of our last permit application, and being given the cold-shoulder by lawyer number #2; the County is now in a relationship with lawyer #3. He’s a rather dapper (💸read expensive hourly rate- that you are paying for💸) gent from the Capital City. And while things started off swimmingly, the relationship already seems to be hitting rough water. Lawyer #3 must have been doing more talking than listening on the first date and missed that part over dinner when the County told him that she’s not always well organized and her code of ordinances is admittedly a bit of a mess.

🚨You see, you can’t just assume that all the County’s ordinances have been properly codified, because like some other things in Santa Rosa County, the ordinances aren’t exactly in order.🚨

😬😳What lawyer #3 missed in his haste was that little ordinance adopted in 1989 that grants every applicant for a solid waste permit the RIGHT to an appeal before their elected officials if their permit is rejected by unelected staff- which seems completely reasonable and totally American ❌. And while we have no doubt that lawyer #3 is a sharp chap (just look at that hourly rate after all…) we must insist that he do a little more careful listening on future dates if he expects to get very far with our County.

To that end, we will file a writ of ✨Certiorari.

I had to look this one up when Nathan told me that’s what we did (cause up until about 45 minutes ago, I had no idea that was a word). Basically, it means that we have summarized this obviously innocent mistake for review by a circuit court judge and asked that the judge kindly direct the County to hold the hearing that is clearly required by County Ordinance. No dodging this time either!

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Whenever the County is able to get their ducks in a row and reschedule the hearing – we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, here is what you need to know:

🗑Our twice-weekly trash service will start on October 1st in South Santa Rosa County. That’s not changing or going to change. 

👍 We are still taking sign-ups though we will likely run out of space before the end of September with our initial start-up capacity so sign up soon. . 

💪We still won’t be intimidated by lawsuits from billion-dollar waste company bullies. 

👀We won’t be deterred by cancelled meetings either. 

Join us, sign up today to be a part of the change that needs to happen in Santa Rosa County.

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. 

We Took A Trash Truck to A Daycare

https://adamssanitation.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Automatic.mp4 Not every day you get to visit a daycare with a trash truck.  Our Customer Service Manager, Nat Mize, gave a short presentation to a group of three and four year olds at the Early Learning Coalition in Gulf Breeze in March. (She’s been talking about it for the better part of two weeks – she was just as excited as the kiddos she talked to about recycling and landfills!)   These kids were prepared. Like super prepared. When we (Facebook guy Christopher went to take photos and video) showed up – the kids had created a cardboard recycling truck with our logo on the side – complete with wheels and everything!    Nat talked to the kids about the importance of reducing the materials we use when we can, re-using and repurposing the other things we use, and recycling what we can.    We even got to take them on a virtual drone tour of the Santa Rosa County landfill in East Milton!    The kids learned about how much trash we make on a daily basis (about ten pounds per person!) and how we get it to the landfill!   The kids listen while Adams Sanitation Customer Service Manager Nat Mize teaches them about recycling and landfills. The kids of Mrs. Bri’s class smile in front of a Adams Sanitation Baby Garbage Truck! Trash Q and A The kids then asked questions about all sorts of things – they were pretty curious about the trash world! Here’s just a little sample of what they asked: Do trash workers get used to the smell? Yes, they do. There are some people who try the job and realize it is a dealbreaker (it does smell bad, after all) – but most of the trash truck drivers and their helpers (called jumpers) get used to the smell after a couple of days.  Did you always want to work at a trash company? The short answer is no! Most of the members of the Adams Sanitaiton team are in the trash industry as their second or even third industry! But that diverse experiential background means we have really good ideas and opinions on making the industry even better! Where does the trash go? Our trash in Santa Rosa County goes to the Santa Rosa County Lanfill 99.99% of the time. Every once in a while – trash from Adams Sanitation ends up at the Baker Transfer station next door in Okaloosa County.  What should the French National Government do about the waste workers strike that’s taken place for more than a week now? We’re kidding, they didn’t ask that one. Honestly, we’d be in a pinch if they did!  Do you pick up the trash and recycling together? A lot of adults ask us this one, too! We do not pick up the trash and recycling together. Furthermore, our recycling goes to the recycling sorting station in northern Escambia County.    After that – we took the kids out for the best part – seeing an actual (mini) trash truck (that we cleaned thoroughly)!  The kids response was great! They loved the trash truck, listened well and had a good time learning about what we do! We had a great time and hope they did, too!   Nat goes for a ride in Adams Sanitation’s newest trash truck – supplied by the kids at the Early Learning Coalition

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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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4 Comments

  • Victoria Gorks

    Are your fees less or the same to Waste Pro? If we go with you, what is the proper process to cancel with Waste Pro? Thank you very much?

    • Christopher Saul

      Hi Victoria! we are currently planning on having twice-weekly pickup for $29.50 per month. I am not sure how Waste Pro works, but I would assume you could call them or just stop paying them! -Christopher

  • Mitch Hagood

    I recently moved to Avalon and chose Adam’s sanitation for my service. My trash is always picked up on time, they provide twice the service, Adam’s was LESs expensive and the employees have always been courteous. The whole experience was much more personal than waste pro, like a hometown business that actually cares. I’m sick of businesses and water companies being able to hold monopolies on services in Santa Rosa county. I employ you to support Adam’s sanitation, for small business and for change in the county that will support healthy competition! All they want is the opportunity to earn your business!

  • Melonie Pittman

    I am not even a customer. My garbage service was picked out and put out cans for me. I was never consulted about the matter. But I do think your company has a right at least to be given an opportunity to speak your mind in court. Ty

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