Deep South Sanitation Awaits Decision

| September 24, 2014

garbage truckAllison Ericson, Valdosta Today News Director:

VALDOSTA — Deep South Sanitation, a local company, awaits final decision from Lowndes County officials after a Georgia Supreme Court ruling. Lowndes County was granted permission to close down Deep South Sanitation from operating and providing curbside service to residents in violation of a local ordinance.

“I was already in business and they basically told me to go away. I live here, my children go to school here, and it’s disheartening that this had to happen,” Cary Scarborough, owner of Deep South Sanitation said. “I didn’t want to fight the county, I wanted to be a partner not an enemy.”

In 2012 the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners authorized an ordinance that prohibits the collection of solid waste without a franchise or temporary permit. Advanced Disposal Services, another local sanitation company, was granted an exclusive franchise for its services in the following year. Deep South Sanitation continued to operate without a franchise or permit and on April 24,2013 was sued by Lowndes County.

Bill Slaughter, Lowndes County Chairman said, “From the county standpoint we are going to look at the ordinance itself. We are going to also look at and have some discussions with Advanced Disposal as far as what the options are for the county and where we can move forward.”

Deep South Sanitation will continue to operate as normal and service the company’s 1,500 customers until the county’s decision is made.

Scarborough said, “I greatly enjoy the community’s support, it is hard enough running a small business and then now for this to happen.”

The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners’ decision on the operations of Deep South Sanitation will depend on if the company chooses to appeal, as well as if the board is forced to follow the ordinance and exclusive franchise agreement with Advanced Disposal.

“There are just over 12,000 residential address points in unincorporated Lowndes County. All 12,000 include what the commission has to make a decision on. I think right now we are hearing a lot from the 1,500 but this is the decision they have got to make for 12,000 address points,” Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Clerk said.

“There is another caveat to this, but I’m going to say at this point we’re not going to move on Deep South Sanitation unless we are forced to by the current contract and franchise agreement that we have with Advanced Disposal,” Slaughter said. “At the end of the day it’s what is best for the citizens of Lowndes County and how the commission can best serve them.”

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  1. F says:

    Competition is healthy in business. They should NOT be shutting down this locally owned/locally run company! Get it right commissioners…or you might be the ones looking for jobs when the next election rolls around.

    • Phil says:

      Exactly, Replace each and every commissioners who voted on this diabolical to begin with. Regardless of what is done from this point forward. The county commissioners made the decision to sue to force Gary out of business. If there was another solution, it should have been pursued before using the courts. Having a single service provider was not the only option. The whole process including the application fee made it impossible for a small businessman to even apply. This is an attack of one of our own and I have had enough of many of the decisions of this commission in recent years.

  2. Papi says:

    Bill Slaughter and the rest of the county commissioners better reevaluate the contract with Advance quickly if they expect to serve another term. We don’t need a bunch of tyrannical, hypocrites looking out for the best trash collection company, we the citizens of Lowndes county can take care of our trash collection needs if we have the opportunity to choose the entity, we feel most comfortable with. Come November 4, 2014, we the Lowndes County voters need to starts bringing representatives that are willing to honestly represent and serve the county residents not a bunch of power hungry tyrants. LOWNDES COUNTY NEEDS A CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP!!!

  3. j says:

    I think the county should have never created a monopoly type environment. Advanced disposal customer service is horrid. Even the county sheriff’s office has switched from advanced.

  4. Concerned Citizen says:

    Our elected leaders should and must support local business. Creation of a monopoly in favor of a multi-million dollar out of state company is wrong. Change needs to come at the ballot box!! Signed, a local small business owner and satisfied customer of Deep South Sanitation.

  5. Paula says:

    If the county can say that we can only use one trash service, what is to stop them from saying we can only use one electrician or one plumber of THEIR choosing? I will NOT go back to Advanced Disposal!!! Their customer service is horrible!

  6. lynn Barfield says:

    I wonder how many of those blocking Deep South have a personal investment. ..sounds crooked….what happened to free enterprise! Go Deep South…fight it!!!