Santa Rosa County Hires Waste Pro To Replace ECUA; North End Residents To Pay More

July 11, 2020

Santa Rosa County has hired Waste Pro to replace ECUA as the sanitation provider in the north end of the county, and it’s going to cost resident more.

ECUA opted not to renew their contract to service the north end of Santa Rosa County after December 31.

This week, the Santa Rosa County Commission approved additional changes to the franchise agreement for Waste Pro to begin sanitation services to residents in the north end of the county beginning January 1, 2021.

The new contract will provide Santa Rosa County customers with weekly trash and yard waste pickup, on-demand bulk waste collection, and subscription-based recycling. On days that trash is collected, yard waste cans may be used as second trash can if needed. ECUA had collected waste twice per week, and recycling was free.

Resident customers will see their cost increase from about $66 per quarter to about $73.29 plus an additional fee if they choose to recycle.

The new Waste Pro agreement will offer recycling as a subscription service for an additional $27 per quarter for weekly recycling pickup if the customer elects to subscribe. Waste hauling rates are adjusted annually each January.


35 Responses to “Santa Rosa County Hires Waste Pro To Replace ECUA; North End Residents To Pay More”

  1. Andrew on July 14th, 2020 6:53 pm

    Paying extra for recycling. In 2020. Holy cow.

    The utter state of Trump’s america. Definitely making it great.

  2. Sharon Hawthorne on July 14th, 2020 10:59 am

    Don’t vote for a single incumbent. They wanted to raise the sales tax and now they give us no choice except to pay more for less service or burn your own garbage. Next they will ban burning your garbage. We must kick these folks OUT of office.

  3. Ethel Thompson on July 13th, 2020 9:29 pm

    This change isn’t in the interest of the people but more money with less service for Pro Waste and whomever else is getting a portion of the kick back. My concerns are for the seniors that can’t afford the outrageous price. Is there going to be a discount for the seniors like ECUA had?

  4. Albert E Melvin on July 13th, 2020 12:17 pm

    Where is the common sense and logic in cutting service in half and doubling the cost. Just a couple years ago, we were paying less than $50 per quarter for service, plus an extra $5 to recycle. Then we jumped to higher cost, with the additional fee charged for recycling a ripoff, as recycled materials were just being dumped with the garbage. Well intentioned folks who care about the environment paid extra to get ripped off. The bocc cannot be trusted to do anything for the benefit of residents without lining their own pockets. Vote them ALL out. They have ALL betrayed us many time over.

  5. ROBERT on July 13th, 2020 8:12 am

    Pay more to get less…The BOCC is a joke…They will find out when elections roll around that citizens do not support the good ole boys club. ECUA was a joke..They miss pick up on average 3 times a month and waste pro is raising rates to buy more equipment to get the job done.And a 5 year contract is crazy…Give em a year and if it’s bad service don’t renew. Just another way to take away competition and a citizens right to choose. BOCC must be making a nice kick back to do this.

  6. M in Bratt on July 12th, 2020 6:12 pm

    My question is; Did the county commission put this out for bids, or was the contract awarded on the good ole boy system?

  7. Just know on July 12th, 2020 3:47 pm

    “My question is Why did ECUA decide not to renew the contract with Santa Rosa county. I would like to hear from ECUA” , ECUA could not add the service to a water bill. The dead beats that didn’t bother to pay for garbage service drove the rates up for those that do, Solution – place the fees on the tax rolls, gives the county control when paying the contractor and eliminate the dead beats that don’t pay. For those with questions about residential recycling, a quick google search with give you all you need to know.

  8. why on July 12th, 2020 12:23 pm

    My question is Why did ECUA decide not to renew the contract with Santa Rosa county. I would like to hear from ECUA

  9. Disgruntled Resident on July 12th, 2020 10:28 am

    This is your answer to once a week pickup?

    “On days that trash is collected, yard waste cans may be used as second trash can if needed.”

    What a joke. Santa Rosa needs better leadership. No one, NO ONE would ever agree to pay more for a service and receive less! The question is, why was this decision made? Does this benefit residents? Why is there no alternative?

    Soon enough there will be trucks making daily trips to the dump to get away from this incompetent and asinine decision.

    I think we should decrease the pay for these commissioners and give them more work!

  10. Hawghead on July 12th, 2020 10:22 am

    This is why we need to exercise our voting power. These commissioners need to go. As far as Waste Pro, they can do whatever they want as long as they are allowed to get away with it.

  11. Niknak50 on July 12th, 2020 10:15 am

    Re: Alan Exactly. Dead on!!

  12. fisherman on July 12th, 2020 7:43 am

    Folks I don’t live in Santa Rosa County that’s what happens when you have commissioners who don’t care about the voters.Vote them out and get new blood in there.If you keep voting these idiots into office this will continue. The question that needs to be answered is simple why did ECUA not renew contract that’s where your problem started other than idiots in office.

  13. Tami Cooke on July 11th, 2020 8:42 pm

    If there was ever a case to be made for term limits, this would be it. The reasons for selling us on the initial change made as much sense then as the ones today make. “Fool us once, shame on you…” How many times do we let them, “…fool us twice…”, before we stop threatening to hold the door as they walk out before we actually push them through it on election day?

  14. Chuck on July 11th, 2020 7:18 pm

    $27 per quarter to recycle? Is that the thanks we get for doing a good deed? Let the people who don’t recycle pay the extra $27 to cover the hidden but real cost of wrecking our planet.

  15. Burn...Baby....Burn! on July 11th, 2020 7:16 pm

    Just start burning trash! Get you a big ol’ 55 gallon steel drum and burn. Recycling, I’ve never believed in paying extra for that anyway.

  16. RICHARD LAZARUS on July 11th, 2020 6:48 pm

    So who is getting the kick back on this because this is asinine.

  17. Soctt on July 11th, 2020 6:07 pm

    This is stupid. We use to be able to choose our trash service, now its a damn monopoly!! Someone’s getting a kick back and needs to be removed from offoce..

  18. Kay on July 11th, 2020 5:29 pm

    Another ridiculous decision by the Santa Rosa BOCC. Vote them all out!

  19. Cornbread Lipscomb on July 11th, 2020 3:47 pm

    Out with the old and in with the new. County commissioners need to go. Really sticking it to the existing residents of Santa Rosa County especially Pace. No impact fees and approving a company that is terrible at what they do to service there community. Way to go.

  20. Ken on July 11th, 2020 3:15 pm

    It’s election time and time to look at new representatives for the people.

  21. Andrea on July 11th, 2020 12:47 pm

    I live in Harold. Bears constantly get into our cans if we put garbage out before garbage day. I don’t have a garage to keep our garbage in between pickups and we fill up our can twice a week! Having garbage piled up inside my house for a ONCE a week pick up AND I have to pay MORE for that AND I don’t have a choice about it…because they don’t want so many garbage trucks on the roads? What? It is just plain WRONG! A perfect example of elected officials not having our best interest in mind.

  22. Cecil on July 11th, 2020 12:45 pm

    This is insane!! Less service for more money? Only the SRC BOCC could come up with that! What about us folks, disabled on a fixed income? Theives…all of them! We can see which end of the county they care about. I’ve decided long ago that Parker needs to go. Guess Miller will have to follow. The BOCC is trying to make our area like South Florida. I’m so disappointed in the BOCC and the Sheriff’s office! Ol’ Bob Johnson needs to go! He is not a leader! Maybe it’s time to impeach these people.

  23. Kevin Stead on July 11th, 2020 12:17 pm

    I don’t have an issue with one day a week service. That is what we had in Escambia County when we lived there and what many of my friends continue to have. I do question the increased fees and I do not feel that Santa Rosa commissioners give any regard to the north end of the county. I was just pointing out to my wife yesterday as we left Pace headed toward Jay that the further north you travel, the more neglected simple things like right of way maintenance are. Some places the weeds are over 5 feet high…that’s a major concern when you ride a motorcycle. With voters voting down the 1/2 penny tax, I can almost guarantee the original 1/2 penny tax on the ballot this year will also be voted down.

  24. Rachael on July 11th, 2020 12:06 pm

    I don’t care for ecua because they never pick up my yard waste or bulk items without so many calls. They also destroy and break the cans and they don’t replace them.
    But the more cost for less service. Ugh. That sucks too.

    I want to know what I can do as an alternative

  25. Concerned consumer on July 11th, 2020 11:55 am

    This is not the way this decision should have been made. What happened to letting the public weigh in on this? We are the ones that will be paying More for Less service with no voice in the matter. The members of the SRCC get to make this call with no discussion with the customer base. Looks just little fishy to me. You all know what I mean by that. We should be able to pick our own service provider just like it used to be.
    With a family of four they better provide a big trash can for just once a week service, and recycling costs an additional 27 bucks a quarter!!! Just what are these folks thinking? Surely not the residents of this county..

  26. Monte Mcculliugh on July 11th, 2020 10:13 am

    Sounds like someone is getting a kick back.

  27. Sherry Ewy on July 11th, 2020 10:01 am

    Why do they get outta ecua? Our cans are left out in the street and crushed. We’d like a decent group of guys out in Cantonment and we’d be thrilled to kiss those jokers goodbye. Right now we’re required to pile 5 different families cans in front of one poor woman’s home. That’s not right!

  28. BG on July 11th, 2020 9:57 am

    So my trash pick-up is going to be weekly, instead of twice a week. Recycling is not included in the regular service and the overall price is going up? Honestly, I don’t have an issue with only having weekly trash pick-up, but having the price go up when you’re cutting service doesn’t make sense.

  29. tg on July 11th, 2020 9:55 am

    Seniors that are good neighbors need to share a can cut expenses .Having a can not required.

  30. Layla Highfill on July 11th, 2020 9:27 am

    Sounds like a rip off…. much less service for more money…. just another way the county is making it harder for residents. WHY DO WE, THE CUSTOMERS, NOT EVEN HAVE A CHOICE? And it is quite apparent that our commissioners are not environmentally minded…. free vs cost based recycling?

  31. Tom kennedy on July 11th, 2020 9:13 am

    Cost more for less smart move camdenton

  32. James on July 11th, 2020 8:59 am

    It’s ridiculous the Santa Rosa BoCC isn’t competent enough or concerned enough for its north end constituents to leverage the entire county contract to bargain for a county-wide rate. Also, this agreement plainly sets out that the Santa Rosa BoCC isn’t as concerned with recycling and reducing landfill wastes as much as their neighboring counties. It is well past time to vote out the Santa Rosa BoCC and get new faces in office who aren’t driven by developers’ and other corporate kickbacks. Parker and Salter are up for reelection this cycle – I encourage all Santa Rosa residents to seriously consider alternative candidates in this year’s election or the trash prices aren’t the only thing to increase; next, the BoCC plans to once again add the additional sales tax proposal to the general election ballot that was already voted down during last year’s special election, and expect property taxes to increase because the BoCC has made it clear they aren’t going to force their development company bank rollers to foot the bill for new impact fees – it will be county residents through increased millage.

  33. Valerie Easton on July 11th, 2020 8:53 am

    More money for less service?? We PAY an additional fee to recycle?? Ridiculous. Are there any other options out there?
    Poor Navarre resident

  34. Valerie Easton on July 11th, 2020 8:52 am

    This is crazy…more $$ for less services?? Now we pay to recycle?? No way!! Are there any other options for us?

  35. Alan on July 11th, 2020 8:01 am

    This is government in action.

    First, residents, of which I am one, will get half the service for 11% more in fees, going from $2.54/pickup to $5.64/pickup. That represents more than A doubling of fees per pickup. Where is the extra money going? There is no way it’s all going to Waste Pro.

    Second, this is what happens when competition is removed. There was nothing wrong with the system before the SRCC got involved where I picked who I used for trash service. Just go back to the way things were and let’s have supply, demand, and competition set the rates.

    Third, I thought years ago we were told recycling would pay for itself. That the money generated was greater than the cost so not only would we be saving the environment, it would pay for itself. Now we see that is not the case.

    Finally, with increased fees for less service and recycling being extra, you can expect the end result will be more residents without trash pickup service, less recycling, and more trash being dumped in woods, on sides of roads, or being burned, which will mean more wildfires and possible air quality issues. All because the County Commission wants to dictate who picks up your trash.

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