How Can I Make My Trash Can Smell Less?

How can i make my trash can smell less?


It’s almost Summer in Florida, which means two things – Florida heat and Florida humidity are soon on their way to Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County. But there are several things you can do in order to reduce the intense trash smells that arrive along with extreme temperatures in Milton, Pace and Crestview. Here is Adams Sanitation’s guide to making your trash smell less during the summer. 

Seven Tricks to Keeping the Trash Can Smell Down

1. Bag Your Garbage

Sure, it’s a little more expensive – but bagging trash can keep odors inside the bag, so that you don’t have to smell it inside the house, or when you are carting it to the street. 

Bonus: because you bag your trash, there is a much lower chance the local trash hauler you choose will end up leaving it strewn around your street. 

2. Wash Down Your Trash Cart Once a Month

If you haven’t washed down your trash cart in a while, this can be a daunting task – mostly because of all of the sticky, stinky and nasty things that end up in the trash cart.

If it’s overwhelming for you (or for your nose) you can use a trash cart cleaning service, like Wheelie Clean Bins,to do the initial cleaning for you. If you are in the Northwest Florida area – the Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County areas to be specific – you can call them up and they will come and clean it once, or on a regular basis. 

3. Separate Your Compostables

Plastic and Metal, for the most part, don’t smell.

That’s because they don’t decompose. Your old, nasty food that you didn’t eat – definitely does decompose.

If you have a backyard, you can compost your biodegradable waste – and make really great feterilizer for your plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a great guide to composting that can help to get you started!


4. Newspapers

Once you’re done reading the local paper, you can use it to reduce the smells associated with your trash can.

Seriously. it’s a game changer in the very scientific field of stank-reduction.

Place the newspaper at the bottom of your cart, once it is cleaned, and it will absorb all of the nasty smells and trash juices (technically called leachate, if you were curious) in your can.

It will keep your can cleaner and less smelly for longer. 

5. Baking Soda

Baking Soda keeps your fridge smelling nice and it can do the same for your trash can as well!

Put a healthy helping of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (or whatever you prefer) into a rag or piece of an old t-shirt.

Fold up the corners and tie them together. It should look like one of those hobo bags on the end of the stick from an old cartoon.

Drop that puppy inside the trash can and you should have a fresh-smelling trash cart in no time!

6. Go from Blech to Bleach!

Make a solution that is equal parts bleach and water and use it to clean the inside of your trash cart.

You’ll have to use a little elbow grease to make the magic happen, but you won’t have to smell the garbage all summer long in Florida!

This will get you on the fast track to a better smelling cart. Don’t forget to clean off the inside of the lid (we always do and have to come back later!)

7. Get Twice-Weekly Service From Adams Sanitation!

Now, we are biased, but we think that twice-weekly service is great for a lot of reasons.

But taking your trash away twice weekly reduces the number of flies that can grow in your trash can (gross!), keeps the smell down and reduces the chances you’ll have other critters like bears or opossums in your trash.

You can sign up here for twice-weekly service in Unincorporated Santa Rosa County and northern Okaloosa County.

So, just to review – here are the seven things you need to do in order to reduce those nasty smells in our northwest Florida summers!

  1. Bag your trash
  2. Wash your trash can once every month
  3. Separate your compostables
  4. Use newspapers at the bottom of your trash can to absorb all those nasty trash juices
  5. Use baking soda
  6. Clean with bleach
  7. Get twice-weekly service from Adams Sanitation!
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 Took A Trash Truck to A Daycare 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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