Here’s How to Recycle Scrap Ammo:

Here is how to Recycle Scrap Ammo Safely

Knowing How to Recycle Scrap Ammo is Important to Everyone's Safety.

If you dont recycle scrap ammo properly, it could have lethal consequences.

With ammo as expensive as it is, you would think we want people to throw scrap ammo in the garbage. But throwing ammunition in the trash is very dangerous for sanitation workers.  That is why it everyone needs to know how to recycle scrap ammo properly. 

We get a bunch of weird stuff in the back of a trash truck. During the couple of days I ride on the back of one every year, I see everything from brand-new TVs to golf clubs and VHS tapes. 

But some things end up in the trash that blow my mind. 

One of our field supervisors recently pleaded with me to put something on Facebook to remind people not to throw away ammunition in the trash. 

First of all – there’s an ammo shortage, y’all. 

I’m guessing the ammo we found was old, but still – ammunition? People have GOT to know that it is incredibly dangerous for the crews on the trucks. For one, when the crusher on the back of the trash truck crushes items thrown in the back, it creates incredible pressure – thousands of pounds per square inch. This explosive force means that, even without a spark, bad things can quickly happen. 

How to Dispose of Ammo in Pace and Milton

I also understand where the person trying to get rid of the ammo is coming from: they wanted (possibly faulty) ammunition out of the house. They might not know where to take it.

I have to be honest; I didn’t know where to take it, either – until l made some calls. 

Ammunition Disposal Near Me in Milton Fl or Pace Fl

This is how to dispose of ammo responsibly and properly:

Here in the Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County, in the Florida Panhandle, you can take all ammunition to a law enforcement headquarters. The drop off places around here include, the Crestview Police Department, Milton Police DepartmentSanta Rosa County Sheriffs Office and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 

Guns that might be beyond repair due to a misfire can also be taken to the police station.

Suppose you don’t want to take it to law enforcement. In that case, you can always take faulty ammo you want to get rid of to a firing range or gun store. Places like Gulf Coast Gun and Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting and Sport will have protocols to dispose of or get rid of old ammo safely. That is how you dispose of ammunition and recycle scrap ammo – simple as that. 

So, if someone asks you: “Can I throw away old bullets?” – the answer from all of us at Adams Sanitation is “NO!”

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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