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. 

Adams Sanitation Service in Pensacola?

Adams Sanitation Service in Pensacola? Here’s What Happened. So, you might have heard from Jim Little’s story in the Pensacola News Journal earlier this week that the City of Pensacola announced a 14% increase in trash hauling prices.  Naturally, we at Adams Sanitation thought this price increase was worth a closer look. Pensacola’s city-operated services are more expensive than ours on a per pick-up basis and this latest increase will drive up prices for their once-weekly service even more! Heck, they don’t even pick up bulk items.  Long story short – it sounded like the potential that government inefficiency was giving the taxpayers a pretty raw deal.  So, we took one of our trucks down to Pensacola City Hall to make our case. Before that – we were able to get with a local television news station about the issue. We explained that the customers of Pensacola probably deserve better than a 14% increase in price at the beginning of a recession – and that we hoped that we might be able to get the Pensacola City Council to consider privatizing an inefficient and unpopular government department – which currently spends more money than it brings in.  Pensacola Press Release on Trash Cost Increase Talking Trash With the Pensacola City Council The Cliff’s Notes on this meeting are important – and we definitely didnt know what we were signing up for by attending the meeting. Finally, after approximately four hours of policy and procedure on everything from disability ramps to micromobility scooters (which is all important!) we were able to plead our case for private trash service to the women and men of the Pensacola City Council.    Here’s what we said – in written and video form!    https://youtu.be/KTjl78Fa3J8 Good evening Mr. President, Mr. Mayor, Council members,   My wife and I are longtime admirers and regular visitors to your wonderful community. As the CRA chair within the City of Crestview, I have particular admiration for your thriving downtown district. Amenties like Wahoos Stadium and events like gallery night speak well to the long way the city has come in the last 20 years. This evening, however, I am here on behalf of Adams Sanitation. Adams is a growing waste management company with operations in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. Having carefully reviewed the Sanitation Rate Study and Business Plan supporting the pending rate increase proposal, I felt it important to share an industry perspective before you make your decision.   I believe strongly in the value of local government. Cities and counties perform important functions that the private sector is poorly suited to provide. No one wants for-profit police or parks. However, I believe equally strongly that there are services the private sector is better equipped to provide. Having reviewed your rate and service model, I can say unequivocally that Adams Sanitation could match your current service levels at your current pricing, and do so while delivering high customer service and earning a fair profit without the proposed rate increase you’ll discuss tonight.  However, I am not here to pitch Adams Sanitation. Instead, I’d simply like to suggest the study you are relying on is insufficient in its scope for an informed decision. The consultant didn’t evaluate the department’s efficiency or performance compared to other municipal solid waste services. Additionally,  the scope of the report did not allow for the benchmarking of the department against the private sector.  The only thing this report did do was quantify how much more money your citizens would need to pay in order to maintain the status quo.  It’s a bleak status quo, too. One which involves a department operating at a financial loss. One where less than 70% of customers rate the department with 4 or 5 stars.  As a private enterprise, we are driven to operate efficiently so as to be profitable while maintaining excellent customer service. Indeed, in our last customer survey over 88% of respondents awarded our team with 4 or 5 stars. Again, the point here is that for you to be able to make a fully informed decision, a more thorough comparison of alternatives is required.  There are many options to be explored and no shortage of competitors within the market to make proposals. It could be that a hybrid system is most appropriate with the City maintaining those portions of the operation that it truly excels at. Maybe that’s picking up yard waste collection as they do in the City of Niceville or maybe it is some other variation. It is also entirely possible that after a thorough analysis this Council makes the decision to raise rates and maintain the status quo. However, without a broader analysis, I am not sure that citizens can have confidence in the decision to raise rates so drastically.  Should the City decide to re-evaluate and seek input from the industry, our team would certainly be honored to participate in that conversation. Again, thank you for the opportunity to address you this evening and thank you for your service. I am well aware that it can often be a thankless role.    The Results Of Our Discussion With The Pensacola City Council About Trash, Garbage and Waste Hauling Will the City of Pensacola use Adams Sanitation to pick up trash in the immediate future?  Probably not. In our humble estimation – it looks like only one of the members of the Pensacola City Council seemed agreeable to the idea that a privitazation change should be made.  That’s ok though – because we accomplished our objective! We went down to Pensacola City Hall with the goal to protect the pocketbooks of our neighbors in Pensacola – especially during these trying times. That message definitely did not fall on deaf ears. The City Council decided to delay their decision on price increases until August the 18th.  As far as we are concerned – that’s a win.    https://adamssanitation.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Grover-Robinson-Garbage-is-a-Dirty-Business.mp4

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