Trash Wars: They Ain't for the faint of heart

We’ve all had at least one of ‘em – Mine was playing high school lacrosse (I definitely was not big enough for football or fast enough for soccer. It also helped that I just flat out love to play lacrosse). 


A call didn’t go our way going into the end of the game against our rivals, Mt. Paran. A guy on the other team took a swing at one of our (superstar) freshman and the refs either didn’t see it or didn’t call it. It stung, and made us mad – we hopped on the field, led by that freshman’s older brother, ready to fight. We didn’t get the call and we lost the game. Our team had two options coming out of the smelly, undersized lockers they provided for us visitors that day: 


  1. Feel sorry for ourselves and say we should have won. 
  2. Pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get ready to whip em the next time they came around. 


It was a quiet bus ride home as the younger guys on the team (I was the only senior) made up their minds as to what they were going to do. 


I was curious just how it went the next four years, so I looked it up. In the next four years we played them, we beat Mount Paran every time, by a combined score of 64-20 (that’s equivalent to four blowout victories of 16-5). 


Suffice it to say, the guys chose option 2. 


The Bad News:

Great story, trash marketing guy, but what does this have to do with Adams Sanitation?


As you know our friends at Waste Pro sued us recently and today they won a temporary injunction that prohibits us from servicing the south end of Santa Rosa County until all the legal wrangling is concluded.  


This doesn’t mean the fight is over, though. 


The judge refused Waste Pro’s request to stop us from advertising or marketing to the residents in the south end, and he made it clear that he wasn’t drawing any conclusions on the ultimate facts of the case.  


He just believes that the County needs to issue a permit for us to operate before that can happen and we have to complete the process of forcing the County to face-up to the fact that the Waste Pro contract was improperly awarded for that to happen.


Now the Good News:

Today’s ruling made really clear to us that this is going to be a tough fight, but the nearly three-hour long hearing revealed that the ground supporting up the Santa Rosa -Waste Pro deal is every bit as shaky as we thought it was, maybe more so. 

So, what does this mean for customers in the South End of Santa Rosa County?


You will be forced, once again, to use Waste Pro as your trash hauler with once weekly service. We will finish out your twice weekly service this week. And Waste Pro will recommence providing you service once a week next week on your regular Waste Pro service day.


Please hold on to your Adams trash cart If you can stick with us as we work through the legal process, we would be grateful. We will credit your account for half a month’s service for October. If you can’t, we do understand and we will refund you your money, including your cart deposit and delivery fee as well as half of your October monthly payment. Just email to make the request.



What is Adams Sanitation Going to Do to Make it Right


  1. We’re not done fighting for you. This isn’t over by a long shot, and we’ve budgeted the lawyerin’ money to take this to the end. We started this fight because we truly believe that even if you don’t take our service, you are entitled as an American to a free market system and to a local government that follows its own rules and acts in the best interest of tax payers.
  2. We are going to refund you your money for half of the October service  that you will not receive– It’s the right thing to do, and we’re interested in doing the right thing (see point 1)
  3. North County Residents – We are offering you a chance to take in refugee carts from the south end by starting service with us. As part of our commitment to continue this fight – We are waiving the security deposit (a $25 value) for you, should you decide to sign up with us in the month of October, just use the code #FreeSSR when you sign-up on our website 


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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  • Tor Eystad

    You long story didn’t specify who you are saying is “South Santa Rosa County!” Please just clarify that.

  • Catherine Bailey

    Am I north or sout Pace? I had also sent a message about a large amount of cardboard which you responded requesting a photo. No photo but it looks to be 3 or 4 pallet spaces 4x4x4. I have just been saving for you because I’d like to stay with Adams.
    Thank you
    505 916-6069
    5896 Jameson Cir
    Pace FL. 32571

  • Norma Smith

    We love having you for servicing us twice a week. Do hope things work out in your favor. Will be praying for you.

  • Kim Williamson

    I will start service with you in South end of Santa Rosa when you get back. Good luck. Waste Pro is terrible.

  • Paul Tarnuzzer

    I am going to stick with you and appreciate the refund for half of October, let’s just hope this doesn’t drag on past that point.

    As a Citizen and a property owner in Holley by the Sea, what right does the BOCC have to tell me who I can and can’t spend my money on, and how can they legally prevent a company from doing business in a neighborhood that clearly needs their services?

    To my knowledge, this “Waste Collection Monopoly” issue has never been put to a vote before the property owners of Holley by the Sea? Do we not have a say in who we can and can’t do business with? There are hundreds of trucks in our neighborhood everyday, and I’ve never heard of any other company that has been denied the opportunity to provide services to this neighborhood! Well, aside from the monopoly MediaCom has on this neighborhood, but that’s the next rip-off monopoly that needs to end!

    My biggest concern is my trash pick-up until this is resolved. My pick-up days are Wednesday and Saturday, so will it be picked up this week? If so, both days or just Wednesday?

    My Waste Pro service was cancelled the day the last billing cycle ended. I owe them nothing and they owe me nothing. So, how am I supposed to get my trash collected until this is resolved? Waste Pro bills on a quarterly cycle, I don’t want to pay them for 3 months worth of service when it hopefully will take far less time than that to favorably resolve this.

    Thank you for your time, and I hope to receive a reply soon.

  • David Jordan

    @Sandra Fogg

    There is one city in south Santa Rosa County, The City of Gulf Breeze. There is one city in north Santa Rosa County, the City of Milton. There is one town in north Santa Rosa County, the town of Jay.

    All the rest are communities.

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