Santa Rosa County Trash Wars Update – October 16th, 2021

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Trash Wars Update - October 16th, 2021. 

The Latest Front In the Battle For South Santa Rosa County, Navarre and Gulf Breeze. 

We had another busy day in court with Waste Pro in Santa Rosa County on Friday. Here’s an update. 

While Judge Drake did grant Waste Pro a temporary injunction earlier this week bringing our South Santa Rosa service to a halt for the moment – one procedural issue remained; the setting of a bond. (A bond is the amount of money paid by the party seeking the inunction and held by the Court) If the injunction is later removed or overturned as the merits of the case are addressed, the bond can be provided to the enjoined party (Adams) to offset for the damage of being enjoined.

So we headed back to the (virtual) courtroom again with the folks in green and blue in order to have the bond set. We were pretty sure that even Waste Pro doesn’t believe in the arguments that their high-priced, corporate defense lawyers are making. How do we know? Because, when billion-dollar companies make claims they actually believe in, they are willing to put their money where their mouth is and Waste Pro initially proposed a bond amount of $5,000…. 🙄🙄 

Basically, they wanted to tie up YOUR right to competitively bid public contracts and YOUR freedom to choose your trash company for a grand total of $5,000. 

That’s less than $.20 per household in Navarre and Gulf Breeze. 

That’s what they think your freedom is worth, $.20. 

The judge settled on a bond of $50,000. (Far below what we argued would be fair, but better than the ridiculous amount Waste Pro initially asked for). 

What does this mean for you – our South Santa Rosa County Customer?

It means that the fight continues – and we aren’t backing down.

That being said, if you would like to end service and be refunded, we will refund you for your deposit and delivery fee. Just email our customer service representatives at info@adamssanitation.com. 

All customers will be refunded one half month’s fee for the service we were not able to provide to you. 

It also means that October 16th’s pickup will be the last one for a little bit. We are working on alternatives to help us bridge the gap of serving you, while still making sure to stay in compliance with the court. We should have more information as this develops. 

It also means, we are asking you to hold on to your cart for a little bit, while we fight this out. 

What does illegal mean anyway? 

The issue came up during our court hearings this week. Was it illegal for us to pick up trash in South Santa Rosa County without a County permit. Certainly Waste Pro made that argument. We’ll admit that it seems a bit hypocritical to be accused of illegal activity by a Company that was granted illegal exclusivity (as already determined in North Santa Rosa) in an illegal contract that was not competitively bid and violated County rules – in addition to defying common sense and yet, that’s what we are dealing with.

So here’s our argument on that issue (and it is surprisingly simple):

This is America.

That’s really it in a nut shell.

But more specifically, our Constitution makes clear that the power of government derives from the people and that powers not granted to the Federal Government are reserved to the states or the people. As Americans, we opted for a system that does not require us to ask permission from government to undertake activities not expressly prohibited by law. When we wake each day we have the right to do or not do as we please so long as we don’t infringe on the rights of others or violate any properly adopted law. As citizens it is not our job to prove that each action we take is lawful, it is the government’s job to prove an action unlawful.

And so the same here. We believe strongly that we were entitled to a permit and that the permit has been unlawfully withheld by the County in an effort to protect itself from the egregious act of awarding Waste Pro a no-bid contract. And so we believe it is the County’s burden to stop us if the County truly thinks the activity we are undertaking (providing a legitimate and needed service at a fair price to citizens who want it) is illegal. And interestingly, the County made no such attempt, which is telling.

Instead, Waste Pro, who understandably has an economic interest to protect (albeit an illegally acquired one), is serving in the role of attack dog. And clearly they found judicial sympathy at this early stage. But that is ok. The merits of the case have not been decided. We firmly believe that so long as there is someone tenacious and financially solvent enough to fight for it, truth and justice usually prevail.

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. 

Santa’s Comin’ to Town! (Christmas/New Year’s Trash Schedule)

It’s the Christmas season and we want to give you plenty of heads up about our schedule between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day – as there are going to be a lot of changes for that week. Thank you for understanding and allowing us to spend a little bit of time with our families to celebrate the Christmas season!

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One Comment

  • Karen Gogol

    Thank you for fighting for me. Keep my refund credit for service and I will keep my carts till you come back. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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