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. 

We Won! Adams Sanitation Free To Serve Navarre and Gulf Breeze With Trash Service!

BIG NEWS! Okay, big for us! We can officially bring twice weekly trash service back to South Santa Rosa County and compete on the open market. Hours ago, Judge Dickey overturned an emergency injunction sought by Waste Pro that had temporarily paused the permit awarded to Adams by the Santa Rosa County Commission. More importantly, Judge Dickey made her ruling “with prejudice” resolving the matter permanently.

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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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