Russia-Ukraine War Forces Temporary Fuel Surcharge

Ukraine Crisis Forces Temporary Fuel Surcharge

Vlad Invades Ukraine, Diesel Prices Shoot Up

At the beginning of this year, Adams Sanitation budgeted about $30,000 per month in anticipated fuel costs for 2022, and we set our price for service accordingly. 

This budget planned for an increase in prices of up to $0.50 per gallon. As you know, diesel prices had already risen by that amount before the egomaniacal leader of Russia decided to invade his neighbor. 
 
 
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Why Adams Sanitation Raised Prices With a Fuel Surcharge

Frankly, we didn’t budget for that unforeseen event, because that would have meant higher prices for you for no reason. 
 
Being in a competitive market ensures you that we give the best value for your money- otherwise you’d go somewhere else. The trade-off in not padding your bill is that we don’t have the cushion to absorb such an unprecedented leap in fuel prices without some help. 
 
So, we have to temporarily add a fuel surcharge of $1.93 to your bill, starting with the April billing cycle. This surcharge will change monthly with the price of diesel. When diesel drops back below $3.60 per gallon – we will drop the surcharge. 
 
That’s our promise to you.
 
Through a pandemic, historic inflation, and more – we have never added a fuel surcharge to your bill. We have always prided ourselves on simple, straightforward pricing. 
 
The increased cost from such a huge leap in prices is simply more than we can absorb. We know that some of our customers who are also paying more at the pump and on their power bill and at the grocery store (and everywhere else) may not be able to handle this surcharge, and we completely understand. We know that our twice-weekly service is an upgrade and one that some may have to choose to do without for the time being.
 
Feel free to call us and talk about the issue and the surcharge – as you will no doubt be frustrated with it. We are, too.
 
We are not making one penny extra by adding this charge. 
 
If you want to talk to the people responsible for the price increase – the Russian Embassy’s phone number is (202) 298-5700. Call them and let them know what you think of their decisions – we already have. 
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Christopher Saul - Chief Impact Officer at Adams Sanitation

Christopher Saul manages the Adams Sanitation Blog and writes the lion’s share of the content for Friendliest Little Garbage Company Around’s website and social media. When he isn’t slinging hot garbage for Adams Sanitation, he spends time with his wife and two kids. 

Christopher can’t resist a good dad joke. Just know that most, if not all, of the puns on Adams Sanitation website are his and will stay up until they are reported to the boss for being so bad they are good. 

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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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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3 Comments

  • Whit Parker

    Thank you for your detailed explanation. I wish more businesses were this upfront with their customers.

  • Louise

    Keep up the good service you are very economical picking up twice a week and our yard waste happy to pitch in the extra $2 per month for fuel cost you’re in the same boat we are in your paying more for your food more for your electric and more for fuel we all have to pull together as americans especially in these hard times keep up the good work a very happy customer of Adams…

  • Stephen Marc Wein

    I already signed up quite a while ago when you were debating with the courts about our county. Are you legal now to pick up trash in Navarre?
    You are about $5 a month cheaper then Waste Pro as we also recycle.

    Please contact me in reference to above when you can.

    Thank you,

    Steve Wein

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